- 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 lungs
He became delirious, his heartbeat grew ragged, his blood teemed with the virus, and his lungs, liver and kidneys began to fail.The Daily Beast’s Best Longreads, Dec 8-14, 2014
December 13, 2014
Then stab her to death and bring me back her lungs and liver as proof of your deed.
He took out the lungs and liver and brought them to the queen as proof that the child was dead.
Mixner almost died in February, after his lower intestine got twisted, leaving him with gangrene in his heart and lungs.Gay Activist David Mixner: I Mercy Killed 8 People
October 29, 2014
Bad News for Your Lungs E-cigs may not contain real smoke, but they can still do a number on your lungs.E-Cigarettes: The Side Effects Nobody Talks About
September 25, 2014
They are a pack of ignorant blockheads; you are suffering from the lungs.The Imaginary Invalid
Chip took the cigarette from his lips and emptied his lungs of smoke.
Chip emptied his lungs of smoke, and turned the shoe in his hands.
Every man was singing or shouting at the full strength of his lungs.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
How it filled one's lungs and brought with it life, courage and confidence!The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- 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 lungs
"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 lungs
see at the top of one's lungs.