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Definitions of organ

  1. To supply with an organ or organs; to fit with organs; to organize. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. (music) an electronic simulation of a pipe organ Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. wind instrument whose sound is produced by means of pipes arranged in sets supplied with air from a bellows and controlled from a large complex musical keyboard Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a periodical that is published by a special interest group; "the organ of the communist party" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. A natural part or structure in an animal or a plant, capable of performing some special action (termed its function), which is essential to the life or well-being of the whole; as, the heart, lungs, etc., are organs of animals; the root, stem, foliage, etc., are organs of plants. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A component part performing an essential office in the working of any complex machine; as, the cylinder, valves, crank, etc., are organs of the steam engine. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A medium of communication between one person or body and another; as, the secretary of state is the organ of communication between the government and a foreign power; a newspaper is the organ of its editor, or of a party, sect, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A wind instrument containing numerous pipes of various dimensions and kinds, which are filled with wind from a bellows, and played upon by means of keys similar to those of a piano, and sometimes by foot keys or pedals; -- formerly used in the plural, each pipe being considired an organ. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A part of an animal or vegetable, fitted to do some special duty; as, the organ of sight; a means of making known opinions or news, as a newspaper; a means by which an action is performed; as, courts are the organs of justice; a large musical wind-instrument with pipes, sounded by compressed air from bellows, and played upon by keys; a smaller instrument of the same class, operated by pedals or a crank. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. An instrument or means by which anything is done: that by which a natural operation is carried on: a musical instrument with pipes, bellows, and keys: the medium of communication. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. An instrument; system of parts to perform any natural function; medium of communication; an instrument of music. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. An instrument; a musical wind instrument operated by keys; part of a living structure performing some special work; newspaper published in the interest of a party. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. A part of the living body by which some action, operation, or function is carried on; an instrument or means of communication, as of a political party-generally said of a newspaper; in bot., any defined subordinate part of the vegetable structure, external or internal, as a cell, a fibre, a leaf, a root, &c.; a well-known wind musical instr. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  15. Any part or structure of an organism adapted for a special purpose. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for organ

  1. I missed the usual beat of the organ – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  2. Then he removed his coat, sat down, and opened the Hymn- Book, while the organ played. – From the Easy Chair, series 3 by George William Curtis
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