- either of the two saclike respiratory organs in the thorax of humans and the higher vertebrates.
- an analogous organ in certain invertebrates, as arachnids or terrestrial gastropods.
- at the top of one's lungs, as loudly as possible; with full voice: The baby cried at the top of his lungs.
Origin of lung
Examples from the Web for lung
Eight days later their bassist, Gerard Smith, passed away from lung cancer.Revenge of the Rock Nerds: TV on the Radio’s Long Road to ‘Seeds’
December 3, 2014
The bullet entered the left side of his chest, hit his heart and settled in his lung.Bringing El Salvador Nun Killers to Justice
November 10, 2014
While casual exercisers might not notice any difference in lung capacity, intense gym-goers might feel the effects of an e-cig.E-Cigarettes: The Side Effects Nobody Talks About
September 25, 2014
In 1993 a doctor described the Lazarus phenomenon in a seventy-five-year-old man with a lung hemorrhage.Real Life Lazarus: When Patients Rise From the Dead
August 21, 2014
Of the evening his father died of lung cancer, he said, “I cannot possibly describe the feelings of love and peace I experienced.”Knocking on Heaven's Door: True Stories of Unexplained, Uncanny Experiences at the Hour of Death
August 11, 2014
He had ample girth of chest at the cinches, where lung capacity is best measured.Way of the Lawless
Start slicing every lung in this place and look for those crystals.Poisoned Air
Sterner St. Paul Meek
There was a meeting, and Garfield was shot through the lung.The Snare
The ribs had been cut across, and some portion of the heart or lung seemed to protrude.Jack Hinton
Charles James Lever
The lung was not yet attacked, but the bronchial tubes were affected.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
- either one of a pair of spongy saclike respiratory organs within the thorax of higher vertebrates, which oxygenate the blood and remove its carbon dioxide
- any similar or analogous organ in other vertebrates or in invertebrates
- at the top of one's lungs in one's loudest voice; yelling
Word Origin and History for lung
"human respiratory organ," c.1300, from Old English lungen (plural), from Proto-Germanic *lungw- (cf. Old Norse lunge, Old Frisian lungen, Middle Dutch longhe, Dutch long, Old High German lungun, German lunge "lung"), literally "the light organ," from PIE *legwh- "not heavy, having little weight; easy, agile, nimble" (cf. Russian lëgkij, Polish lekki "light;" Russian lëgkoje "lung," Greek elaphros "light" in weight; see also lever).
The notion probably is from the fact that, when thrown into a pot of water, lungs of a slaughtered animal float, while the heart, liver, etc., do not. Cf. also Portuguese leve "lung," from Latin levis "light;" Irish scaman "lungs," from scaman "light;" Welsh ysgyfaint "lungs," from ysgafn "light." See also lights, pulmonary. Lung cancer attested from 1882.
- Either of the two saclike organs of respiration that occupy the pulmonary cavity of the thorax and in which aeration of the blood takes place. It is common for the right lung, which is divided into three lobes, to be slightly larger than the left, which has two lobes.
- Either of two spongy organs in the chest of air-breathing vertebrate animals that serve as the organs of gas exchange. Blood flowing through the lungs picks up oxygen from inhaled air and releases carbon dioxide, which is exhaled. Air enters and leaves the lungs through the bronchial tubes.
- A similar organ found in some invertebrates.
Idioms and Phrases with lung
see at the top of one's lungs.