Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The single bone in the thigh is called the femur. This bone is very thick and strong (due to the high proportion of cortical bone), and forms a ball and socket joint at the hip, and a modified hinge joint at the knee.
In human anatomy, the thigh is the area of the lower extremity between the knee and the pelvis.
Thigh may also refer to:
- Thigh (poultry), a cut of poultry
- Thigh bone, also known as the femur
- Thigh kick, a move in Muay Thai
- Thigh strap (disambiguation), various meanings
- Thigh lock, a type of compression lock
- Thigh boots, a type of boots
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
Old English þeoh, þeh, from Proto-Germanic *theuham (cognates: Old Frisian thiach, Old Dutch thio, Dutch dij, Old Norse þjo, Old High German dioh), probably literally "the thick or fat part of the leg," from PIE *teuk- from root *teue- (2) "to swell" (cognates: Lithuanian taukas, Old Church Slavonic tuku, Russian tuku "fat of animals;" Lithuanian tukti "to become fat;" Avestan tuma "fat;" Greek tylos "callus, lump," tymbos "burial mound, grave, tomb;" Old Irish ton "rump;" Latin tumere "to swell," tumulus "raised heap of earth," tumidus "swollen;"tumor "a swelling;" Middle Irish tomm "a small hill," Welsh tom "mound").
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Thigh \Thigh\ (th[imac]), n. [OE. thi, [thorn]ih, [thorn]eh, AS. [thorn]e['o]h; akin to OFries. thiach, D. dij, dije, OHG. dioh, thioh, Icel. [thorn]j[=o] thigh, rump, and probably to Lith. taukas fat of animals, tukti to become fat, Russ. tuke fat of animals. [root]56.]
(Anat.) The proximal segment of the hind limb between the knee and the trunk. See Femur.
(Zo["o]l.) The coxa, or femur, of an insect.
Thigh bone (Anat.), the femur.
n. 1 The upper leg of a human, between the hip and the knee. (from 8th c.) 2 That part of the leg of vertebrates (or sometimes other animals) which corresponds to the human thigh in position or function; the tibia of a horse, the tarsus of a bird; the third leg-section of an insect. (from 14th c.)
n. the part of the leg between the hip and the knee
the upper joint of the leg of a fowl [syn: second joint]
Usage examples of "thigh".
She showed me a large bruise on her left thigh and healing abrasions on her left knee.
She grasped his shoulders then, moving her legs, reveling in the abrasive feel of his hair roughened skin against the softness of her thighs.
Autenreith mentions metastasis of milk through an abdominal abscess to the thigh, and Balthazaar also mentions excretion of milk from the thigh.
Knackstedt has seen an abscess of the thigh which contained eight pounds of milk.
Carefully, he swung onto the downdeck ladder and climbed down three levels, feeling the increased acceleration in his thighs.
Nay, he decided, forcing himself to ignore the pulsing hardness between his thighs and the churning of his blood which ached for the satisfaction that only her body could provide.
The weapon disappeared in a blur of armored skirts and the blocky, powerful thighs of Clodius Afer, lunging between Vibulenus and death.
That affecting the large nerve supplying the thigh and leg is termed sciatica.
Sparks toyed with the agates at his belt ends, striking them against his thigh like a whip, grimacing at each blow.
Seregil, showing Alec deep indentations in the lean muscle on either side of his left thigh.
Laying aside the first branch, Nysander passed the birch switch through the flame and water and struck Alec lightly on his cheeks, shoulders, chest, thighs, and feet, then snapped the stick in two.
Her napkin fell down, and in returning it to her I pressed her thigh amorously, and could not detect the slightest displeasure on her features.
Although the anesthetic worked, Liston operated with his customary speed, single-handedly amputating the leg at the thigh in exactly twenty-eight seconds.
There was so much of her, such incredibly long legs, such an extreme flow of line and volume, Beheim became entranced by the exaggerated perspectives available, gazing up at the equatorial swell of her belly toward the flattened mounds of her breasts with their dark oases of areola and turreted nipples, or down from her breasts toward the unruly pubic tuft between her thighs, in all reminding him by its smoothness of the sand sculpture of a sleeping giantess he had seen years before on a beach in Spain.
A slight young woman, Mary developed strong muscles in the forearms as she grasped the areolar tissue, sometimes making Daisy squeal, rolled the large muscles of the calf and thigh firmly both ways and kneaded the belly with the heel of her hand.