Definitions of organ

  1. ( music) an electronic simulation of a pipe organ
  2. a free- reed instrument in which air is forced through the reeds by bellows
  3. a government agency or instrument devoted to the performance of some specific function; " The Census Bureau is an organ of the Commerce Department"
  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
  5. a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function
  6. a periodical that is published by a special interest group; " the organ of the communist party"
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  12. To supply with an organ or organs; to fit with organs; to organize.
  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.
  14. Any part of the body exercising a specific function, as of respiration, secretion, digestion, etc.; see organon.
  15. An animal part having an independent function, as the heart, stomach, etc.
  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.
  17. An instrument; system of parts to perform any natural function; medium of communication; an instrument of music.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  21. Any part or structure of an organism adapted for a special purpose.

Usage examples for organ

  1. He inherited his father's musical tastes, and during the latter part of his life, he spent a part of every afternoon in playing the organ – Brief History of English and American Literature by Henry A. Beers
  2. As the bridal notes resounded from the organ and the royal pair rose from their knees, Helen held her trembling hands over them. – The Scottish Chiefs by Jane Porter
  3. Whenever the organ was played in St. John's, they used to take a hammer and beat upon the wall as long as the music continued. – A Portrait of Old George Town by Grace Dunlop Ecker
  4. A small organ was placed there, a platform was built, and seats were brought up from the cellar below. – Recollections and Impressions 1822-1890 by Octavius Brooks Frothingham
  5. 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
  6. Here is an organ with her hand upon her heart-" that knows better. – Nature's Serial Story by E. P. Roe
  7. He also learned to turn the handle of a hand organ with his trunk, to ring a dinner bell, and do many other tricks, such as you have seen elephants do in a circus. – Umboo, the Elephant by Howard R. Garis
  8. He remained quite a long while watching half a dozen young girls dancing to the music of a barrel organ and again, to his wife's disgust, Mr Clinton gave money. – Orientations by William Somerset Maugham
  9. Besides, if she'd made up her mind to play that new pipe organ you could pretty near bet she'd do it. – Torchy and Vee by Sewell Ford
  10. So I sat at the organ and began playing as they lifted and bore her away. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  11. There was no choir, no organ no church made with hands, but the words are now read in every Christian church in the world. – Child's Story of the Bible by Mary A. Lathbury
  12. It wouldn't do for the 'ands to see the boss playin' the mouth- organ – Jonah by Louis Stone
  13. Pinckney and Marshall were peremptorily ordered home and Mr. Gerry recognized as the official organ of the United States. – Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution by L. Carroll Judson
  14. Then the organ ceased, and the voice began to speak. – Hetty Wesley by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  15. For answer Kilduff removed the mouth- organ to take a deep breath, blinked his small eyes, and began again in a still higher key. – The Untamed by Max Brand
  16. By the labours and reflection of three or four generations the Latin language had been gradually changed from a rude Italian dialect into a great organ of law, government, and literature. – The Roman Poets of the Augustan Age: Virgil by W. Y. Sellar
  17. The same process may be observed when a small piece of hay, or other foreign matter, shall have fallen into the eye: the tears then flow in great abundance, to prevent that delicate organ being injured. – The American Reformed Cattle Doctor by George Dadd
  18. Tad and Hans made haste to squeeze in behind the organ and Frank crept under the sofa. – Frank Merriwell's Chums by Burt L. Standish
  19. 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)
  20. Many and many a girl comes out of a household where the highest musical knowledge has been the hand- organ in the street, and believes that she is going to take the world by storm. – Memoirs of an American Prima Donna by Clara Louise Kellogg