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See also: dog-leg
The noun is derived from dog + leg, referring to the shape of the hind leg of a dog. The verb is derived from the noun.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈdɒɡlɛɡ/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈdɔɡˌlɛɡ/
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- Hyphenation: dog‧leg
dogleg (plural doglegs)
- (also attributively) Something (such as a canyon or road) with a sharp bend or turn in it.
- (architecture) A configuration of stairs where a flight ascends to a half-landing before turning 180 degrees and continuing upwards.
- (golf, disc golf) A sharp bend in the fairway before reaching a hole.
- (US, also attributively) A single intersection consisting of two opposing T-junctions in close proximity; an intersection with a staggered cross street.
- 1962 May 1, Carter, Arthur A., Jr., Increasing the Traffic-Carrying Capability of Urban Arterial Streets: The Wisconsin Avenue Study, Washington, D.C.: Bureau of Public Roads, page 39:
- The Q Street crossing of Wisconsin Avenue is an extreme example of such a location, the dog-leg itself being so long, about 150 feet, that in reality two T intersections exist.
- 2009 July 1, Gateway Boulevard Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Washington, D.C.: Federal Highway Administration, page 3-6:
- At 4th Avenue and Korean Veterans Boulevard, the completion of Gateway Boulevard would correct the existing dog-leg intersection with Franklin Street.
- (intersection consisting of two opposing T-intersections): staggered crossroads, staggered junction
something with a sharp bend or turn in it
configuration of stairs where a flight ascends to a half landing before turning 180 degrees and continuing upwards
(golf, disc golf) sharp bend in a fairway before reaching a hole
dogleg (third-person singular simple present doglegs, present participle doglegging, simple past and past participle doglegged)
- (intransitive) To bend in the shape of the hind leg of a dog, especially to turn and then turn back sharply to the original direction.
- 2004 August 30, The New Yorker, New York, N.Y.: New Yorker Magazine Inc., →ISSN, →OCLC, page 48, column 2:
- When the causeway doglegs and all of a sudden you spot sixteen roller coasters in the same place, it can take your breath away.
to bend in the shape of the hind leg of a dog
- ^ “dogleg, adj. and n.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, November 2010; “dog-leg, n.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–2022.
- ^ “dogleg, v.”, in OED Online , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, June 2012.
- dog-leg (stairs) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
- dogleg (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia