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  1. (music) an electronic simulation of a pipe organ Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a free-reed instrument in which air is forced through the reeds by bellows Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a government agency or instrument devoted to the performance of some specific function; "The Census Bureau is an organ of the Commerce Department" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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
  5. a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a periodical that is published by a special interest group; "the organ of the communist party" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. An instrument or medium by which some important action is performed, or an important end accomplished; as, legislatures, courts, armies, taxgatherers, etc., are organs of government. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. To supply with an organ or organs; to fit with organs; to organize. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. 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.
  14. Any part of the body exercising a specific function, as of respiration, secretion, digestion, etc.; see organon. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  15. An animal part having an independent function, as the heart, stomach, etc. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. A natural instrument of action or operation; means of conveyance or communication; the largest of musical wind instruments, of general use in cathedral and church services. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. [Greek] Any part or structure of an organism adapted for a special purpose (biol.). na
  23. ( Genesis 4:21 ; Job 21:12 ; 30:31 ; Psalms 150:4 ) The Hebrew word thus rendered probably denotes a pipe or perforated wind-instrument. In ( Genesis 4:21 ) it appears to be a general term for all wind-instruments. In ( Job 21:12 ) are enumerated three kinds of musical instruments which are possible under the general terms of the timbrel harp and oryan. Some identify it with the pandean pipe or syrinx an instrument of unquestionably ancient origin, and common in the East. [See Music] biblestudytools.com
  24. some kind of wind instrument, probably a kind of Pan's pipes ( Genesis 4:21 ; Job 21:12 ; Psalms 150:4 ), which consisted of seven or eight reeds of unequal length. biblestudytools.com
  25. 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. A newsletter distributed within an organization is often called its house organ. dictgcide_fs
  26. 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 considered an organ. dictgcide_fs
  27. or'gan, n. an instrument or means by which anything is done: a part of a body fitted for carrying on a natural or vital operation: a means of communication, or of conveying information or opinions from one to another of two parties, as an ambassador, a newspaper, &c.: a musical wind instrument consisting of a collection of pipes made to sound by means of compressed air from bellows, and played upon by means of keys: a system of pipes in such an organ, having an individual keyboard, a partial organ: a musical instrument having some mechanism resembling the pipe-organ, as the barrel-organ, &c.--ns. OR'GAN-BUILD'ER, one who constructs organs; OR'GAN-GRIND'ER, a fellow who plays a hand-organ by a crank; OR'GAN-HARM[=O]'NIUM, a large harmonium used instead of a pipe-organ.--adjs. ORGAN'IC, -AL, pertaining to an organ: organised: instrumental.--adv. ORGAN'ICALLY.--n. ORGAN'ICALNESS.--v.t. ORGAN'IFY, to add organic matter to.--n. ORGANISABIL'ITY.--adj. ORGANIS'ABLE, that may be organised.--n. ORGANIS[=A]'TION, the act of organising: the state of being organised.--v.t. OR'GAN[=I]SE, to supply with organs: to form several parts into an organised whole, to arrange.--ns. OR'GAN[=I]SER; OR'GANISM, organic structure, or a body exhibiting such: a living being, animal or vegetable.--adj. OR'GANISMAL.--ns. OR'GANIST, one who plays on an organ; OR'GAN-LOFT, the loft where an organ stands; ORGANOG'ENY, ORGANOGEN'ESIS, history of the development of living organs; ORGANOG'RAPHY, a description of the organs of plants or animals; ORGANOL'OGY, the study of structure and function; OR'GAN-PIPE, one of the sounding pipes of a pipe-organ (flue-pipes and reed-pipes); OR'GAN-POINT, a note sustained through a series of chords, although only in harmony with the first and last; OR'GANRY, the music of the organ; OR'GAN-SCREEN, an ornamental stone or wood screen, on which a secondary organ is sometimes placed in cathedrals; ORGUINETTE', a mechanical musical instrument, with reeds and exhaust-bellows.--ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, the chemistry of substances of animal or vegetable origin, prior to 1828 supposed to be capable of formation only as products of vital processes: the chemistry of the compounds of carbon; ORGANIC DISEASE, a disease accompanied by changes in the structures involved; ORGANIC REMAINS, fossil remains of a plant or animal.--HYDRAULIC ORGAN, one whose bellows is operated by a hydraulic motor. [Fr. organe--L. organum--Gr. organon.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  28. Part of an organized being, destined to exercise some particular function. Thus-the eyes are organs of sight; the muscles are organs of motion, &c. The collection of organs, which concur in any function, is called apparatus. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  29. Musical instrument of pipes supplied with wind by bellows, sounded by keys, & distributed into sets or stops having special tone, which in turn form groups or partial oo. (great, choir, swell, solo, pedal, o.) each with separate keyboard, whence organist (3) n.; = barrel -o. (o.-grinder, player of this); keyboard wind-instrument with metal reeds, harmonium, (American o., with wind drawn inwards to reeds); mouth o., child\'s toy reed instrument; part of animal or vegetable body adapted for special vital function (oo. of speech, perception, digestion, generation, &c; nasal o.); person\'s voice with reference to its quality or power (has a magnificent o.); medium of communication, mouthpiece of opinion, esp. newspaper or magazine or review representing a party, cause, sect, pursuit, &c.; o.-blower, person or mechanism working o. bellows; o.-builder, of musical oo.; o.-loft, gallery in church or concert-room for o.; o.-piano, with mechanism giving sustained tones as in o.; o.-screen, ornamental screen often between choir& nave on which o. is placed in cathedral &c.; o.-stop, set of pipes of similar tone in o., handle of mechanism that brings it into action. Hence organless a. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  30. Any part of the body with a special function. American pocket medical dictionary.
  31. Any individual part, or system of parts, of an organism, having a specific physiological function, considered with reference to its action, processes, or results, [Gr.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  32. [Gr.] (Music.) If complete, is a combination of five instruments : 1. Choir O., having more delicate stops for accompanying the voice, the manual being the lowest. 2. Great O., having pipes more in number, larger, and louder voiced, for grand effects, the manual being second from the bottom. 3. Swell O., inclosed in a shutter box, or Venetian swell, opened and closed by a pedal. 4. Solo O., a separate manual for fancy stops, as cremona, vox humana. 5. Pedal O., played by the feet. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  33. n. [Latin, Greek] An instrument by which an important action is performed, or an important object accomplished ; especially a part of a living being capable of a special function, essential to the life or well-being of the whole, as the lungs, the heart, &c. ;— a medium of communication between one person or body and another ;— an instrument containing pipes filled with wind from a bellows, and played upon by means of keys. Cabinet Dictionary

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