AskDefine | Define dogleg

Dictionary Definition



1 angle that resembles the hind leg of a dog
2 a golf hole with a sharp angle in the fairway [also: doglegging, doglegged]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • italbrac RP /ˈdɒglɛg/
  • italbrac US /ˈdɔːglɛg/


  1. To bend in the shape of the hind leg of a dog.


2004: when the causeway doglegs — The New Yorker, 30 August 2004, p.48


  1. In the context of "golf": A sharp bend in the fairway (before the hole), often resulting in failure by the golfer

Extensive Definition

A dogleg may be:
  • An abrupt, shallow-angled corner in a race track for cars or motorcycles
  • A feature of a golf course
  • A dogleg (stairs), in architecture
  • An imperfection in computer graphics; see jaggies
  • A horizontal swerve in a rocket launch trajectory
  • A particularly crooked place in a wellbore where the trajectory of the wellbore in three-dimensional space changes rapidly. While a dogleg is sometimes created intentionally by directional drillers, the term more commonly refers to a section of the hole that changes direction faster than anticipated or desired, usually with harmful side effects. In surveying wellbore trajectories, a standard calculation of dogleg severity is made, usually expressed in two-dimensional degrees per 100 feet [degrees per 30 m] of wellbore length.
  • DOGLEGS - A Japanese wrestling group that features mentally handicapped wrestlers.

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