Origin of organ
Examples from the Web for organ
The brain, also an organ, is particularly sensitive to the loss of oxygen.
Indeed, the body would ultimately have rejected the organ transplant.Jon Stewart and 'Meet The Press' Would Have Been One Unhappy Marriage|Lloyd Grove|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the film starts, the organ sinks back down below the stage where the musician can be heard and not seen.
To easily switch between sounds, the organ is outfitted with dozens of preset buttons like the kind found in old radios.
At least one of those presentations is usually a silent film with organ accompaniment.
I'll put two or three over the organ, and stick some round the monuments.A harum-scarum schoolgirl|Angela Brazil
Meanwhile he had, in 1862, founded the Athenum as the organ of Liberal Catholicism.
The boy has a cloth over his organ, to protect it when it rains.Baby Chatterbox|Anonymous
Organ grinding in New York was once a very profitable business, and even now pays well in some instances.Lights and Shadows of New York Life|James D. McCabe
Hence an agent which acts on the organ from outside, induces phototropic change earlier than variation in geotropism.Life Movements in Plants, Volume II, 1919|Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
British Dictionary definitions for organ
- Also called: pipe organ a large complex musical keyboard instrument in which sound is produced by means of a number of pipes arranged in sets or stops, supplied with air from a bellows. The largest instruments possess three or more manuals and one pedal keyboard and have the greatest range of any instrument
- (as modifier)organ pipe; organ stop; organ loft
Word Origin for organ
Word Origin and History for organ
fusion of late Old English organe, and Old French orgene (12c.), both meaning "musical instrument," both from Latin organa, plural of organum "a musical instrument," from Greek organon "implement, tool for making or doing; musical instrument; organ of sense, organ of the body," literally "that with which one works," from PIE *werg-ano-, from root *werg- "to do," related to Greek ergon "work" and Old English weorc (see urge (v.)).
Applied vaguely in late Old English to musical instruments; sense narrowed by late 14c. to the musical instrument now known by that name (involving pipes supplied with wind by a bellows and worked by means of keys), though Augustine (c.400) knew this as a specific sense of Latin organa. The meaning "body part adapted to a certain function" is attested from late 14c., from a Medieval Latin sense of Latin organum. Organist is first recorded 1590s; organ-grinder is attested from 1806.