steam organ


noun


Nearby words

  1. steam heat,
  2. steam heating,
  3. steam iron,
  4. steam jacket,
  5. steam locomotive,
  6. steam point,
  7. steam reforming,
  8. steam room,
  9. steam shovel,
  10. steam table

Origin of steam organ

First recorded in 1785–95

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Examples from the Web for steam organ

  • And the artist who sat inside the steam-organ wagon became so sleepy that his hand slipped and struck one of the organ pedals.

    Through Welsh Doorways|Jeannette Augustus Marks
  • They could hear above the thud-thud of the gorged floodgates, shrieks in two keys as monotonous as a steam-organ.

    A Diversity of Creatures|Rudyard Kipling
  • It was a very beautiful meal, and the far-off music of the steam-organ added the last touch of festivity to the scene.



British Dictionary definitions for steam organ

steam organ

noun

a type of organ powered by steam, once common at fairgrounds, in which the pipes are sounded either by a keyboard or in a sequence determined by a moving punched cardUS name: calliope
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