Definitions of spleen

  1. a feeling of resentful anger
  2. a large dark- red oval organ on the left side of the body between the stomach and the diaphragm; produces cells involved in immune responses
  3. A peculiar glandlike but ductless organ found near the stomach or intestine of most vertebrates and connected with the vascular system; the milt. Its exact function in not known.
  4. Anger; latent spite; ill humor; malice; as, to vent one's spleen.
  5. A fit of anger; choler.
  6. A sudden motion or action; a fit; a freak; a whim.
  7. Melancholy; hypochondriacal affections.
  8. A fit of immoderate laughter or merriment.
  9. To dislke.
  10. A glandlike organ near the stomach, once supposed to be the seat of anger, melancholy, or vexation; hence, ill- temper, melancholy, or spite.
  11. Lein, a large vascular ductless gland lying in the upper part of the abdominal cavity on the left side, between the stomach and the diaphragm. It is composed of a soft reddish brown cellular structure, the pulp, enclosed and supported by a connective- tissue network given off from the strong fibrous capsule. The spleen is regarded as a blood- forming organ but its functions are very imperfectly understood.
  12. Oval organ situated in the left hypochondrium.
  13. A spongy gland near the large extremity of the stomach, supposed by the ancients to be the seat of anger and melancholy: hence, spite: illhumor: melancholy.
  14. A spongy gland; ill humor; melancholy.
  15. An organ found in most vertebrates, near the stomach, that modifies the blood.
  16. Ill temper; spitefulness; melancholy.
  17. The milt, a highly vascular gland, situated on the left hypochondriac region, and supposed by the ancients to be the seat of vexation, anger, and melancholy; anger; ill- humour; melancholy.
  18. The milt; a spongy viscus near the large extremity of the stomach, formerly supposed to be the seat of melancholy, anger, or vexation; ill- humour; a fit of anger; latent spite; melancholy.
  19. A vascular ductless organ situate beneath the diaphragm to the left of the stomach.

Usage examples for spleen

  1. You are mistaken; it is a very ancient notion, and it is the only function which is ascribed to the spleen in our animal organization. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  2. I think he would have stepped down then and there and eased his spleen, but Messer Folco, as his way was ever, wished to improve the occasion by making a speech. – The God of Love by Justin Huntly McCarthy
  3. This still further roused the spleen of Sailen and his party. – Stories from Tagore by Rabindranath Tagore
  4. The thymus and spleen form the core of the body's immune system. – How and When to Be Your Own Doctor by Dr. Isabelle A. Moser with Steve Solomon
  5. Never mind him, Mr. Marplot, he is eat up with Spleen. – The Busie Body by Susanna Centlivre Commentator: Jess Byrd
  6. " A peremptory command to get up, when one's sleep is as yet unfinished, is a command which grinds the soul, curdles the blood, swells the spleen, destroys all good intentions, and disturbs all day the mental activities, just as the tornado disturbs and levels with advancing ruin the forest of mighty pines.... – A New Medley of Memories by David Hunter-Blair
  7. Timaeus avails himself of this advantage, which Philistus truly enough affords against himself in his zealous and constant adherence to the tyranny, to vent his own spleen and malice against him. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  8. As you will; let us go indoors by all means, for this moon gives me the spleen. – Melomaniacs by James Huneker
  9. The sincere sentiment of equality with themselves which these two ladies evinced by their behavior to him, and the same conduct being adopted by Miss Dorothy and her beautiful niece, besides the evident partiality of Euphemia, altogether inflamed the spleen of Miss Dundas, and excited her coterie to acts of the most extravagant rudeness. – Thaddeus of Warsaw by Jane Porter
  10. Yes, but you must not forget that he exhausted all his spleen on an article in the morning paper. – Mogens and Other Stories Mogens; The Plague At Bergamo; There Should Have Been Roses; Mrs. Fonss by Jens Peter Jacobsen
  11. Yet the Governments of the day might have applied to him Addison's words- " In all thy humours, whether grave or mellow, Thou'rt such a touchy, testy, pleasant fellow; Hast so much wit and mirth and spleen about thee, There is no living with thee, nor without thee"- and esteemed themselves happy when Punch smiled upon them. – The History of "Punch" by M. H. Spielmann
  12. " Well," said the other woman, who was long and lean, and had wedded late in life a man she would have scorned in her girlhood, and could not forgive the wrong she had done herself, and was filled with an inconsistency of spleen toward all younger and fairer than she, and who, moreover, was a born toad- eater for all in high places, " 'tis fine feathers make fine birds, and were thy Cate arrayed in that same gown in Mistress Cavendish's stead-" " As I believe, she would not have had the dress had not Cate told Cicely Hyde, who is so intimate with Mary Cavendish," said my Lady Culpeper. – The Heart's Highway A Romance of Virginia in the Seventeeth Century by Mary E. Wilkins
  13. He there touched the wrong chord in Napoleon's nature: had he appealed to the memories of le grand monarque and of Montcalm, possibly he might have bent that iron will; but the mention of the consent of the French deputies roused the spleen of the autocrat, who, from amidst the scented water, mockingly bade his brother go into mourning for the affair, which he, and he alone, intended to carry out. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  14. But Walter Wade was one of those happy spirits who enjoy a joke- even at their own expense- and, perceiving that his new acquaintances meant no further mischief, than the indulgence in a little idle badinage, he repressed his incipient spleen; and replied in the same jocular and satirical strain. – The White Gauntlet by Mayne Reid
  15. Taking up the hapless heather, she throws it on the ground, and, in a fit of childish spleen, lays her foot upon it and tramples it out of all recognition. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
  16. Though, even here- in that infernal fortress yonder where I suffer incredibly from le spleen- I laugh when I am by myself, and when the face and voice of Brunow present themselves to my memory. – In Direst Peril by David Christie Murray
  17. She remembers on the instant all his narrow spleen toward the one now gone. – Molly Bawn by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
  18. But her spleen was manifest. – The Great Mogul by Louis Tracy
  19. I believe we great geniuses are all a little subject to the sorcery of that whimsical demon the spleen, which indeed we cannot complain of, considering what power of enchantment we ourselves possess, by the sweet magic of our flowing numbers. – Boswell's Correspondence with the Honourable Andrew Erskine, and His Journal of a Tour to Corsica by James Boswell
  20. Clare, you must know this is all a fit of spleen; your duty and your interest- marriage is sacred, Clare. – The Fugitive (Third Series Plays) by John Galsworthy