[ awr-guhn ]
/ ˈɔr gən /
Also called pipe organ. a musical instrument consisting of one or more sets of pipes sounded by means of compressed air, played by means of one or more keyboards, and capable of producing a wide range of musical effects.
any of various similar instruments, as a reed organ or an electronic organ.
Biology. a grouping of tissues into a distinct structure, as a heart or kidney in animals or a leaf or stamen in plants, that performs a specialized task.
a newspaper, magazine, or other means of communicating information, thoughts, or opinions, especially in behalf of some organization, political group, or the like.
an instrument or means, as of action or performance: This committee will be the chief organ of administration.
Archaic. any of various musical instruments, especially wind, instruments.
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Origin of organ
before 1000; Middle English: musical instrument, pipe organ, organ of the body, tool (<Medieval Latin, Latin organum mechanical device, instrument) <Greek órganon implement, tool, bodily organ, musical instrument, akin to érgonwork
OTHER WORDS FROM organin·ter·or·gan, adjectivemul·ti·or·gan, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for organ
/ (ˈɔːɡən) /
- 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
any instrument, such as a harmonium, in which sound is produced in this waySee also reed organ, harmonica
a fully differentiated structural and functional unit, such as a kidney or a root, in an animal or plant
an agency or medium of communication, esp a periodical issued by a specialist group or party
an instrument with which something is done or accomplished
a euphemistic word for penis
Word Origin for organ
C13: from Old French organe, from Latin organum implement, from Greek organon tool; compare Greek ergein to work
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Medical definitions for organ (1 of 2)
[ ôr′gən ]
A differentiated part of the body that performs a specific function.
Medical definitions for organ (2 of 2)
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Scientific definitions for organ
[ ôr′gən ]
A distinct part of an organism that performs one or more specialized functions. Examples of organs are the eyes, ears, lungs, and heart of an animal, and the roots, stems, and leaves of a plant.
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Cultural definitions for organ
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