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Organ meaning

organ - 7 dictionary results

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. To supply with an organ or organs; to fit with organs; to organize.
  7. 7. An instrument; system of parts to perform any natural function; medium of communication; an instrument of music.

organ - examples of usage

  1. You hear that it is the organ. - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
  2. This will account for some cases of absence of eye, limb, or other organ. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
  3. But a barrel- organ has no soul, and one has one oneself, usually. - "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
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