Definitions for organˈɔr gən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•ganˈɔr gən(n.)

  1. a musical instrument having one or more sets of pipes actuated by keyboard and sounded by compressed air. a similar musical instrument having the tones produced electronically:

    an electronic organ.

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: Also called pipe organ.; reed organ.; barrel organ.; hand organ.

  2. 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.

    Category: Anatomy, Biology

  3. a newspaper, magazine, or other means of communicating information, thoughts, or opinions, esp. in behalf of some organization or political group.

  4. an instrument or means, as of action.

  5. Category: Anatomy

    Ref: penis.

Origin of organ:

bef. 1000; ME: musical instrument, pipe organ, organ of the body, tool 蠐 Gk órganon implement, tool, bodily organ, musical instrument, akin to érgonwork

Princeton's WordNet

  1. organ(noun)

    a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function

  2. organ(noun)

    a government agency or instrument devoted to the performance of some specific function

    "The Census Bureau is an organ of the Commerce Department"

  3. electric organ, electronic organ, Hammond organ, organ(noun)

    (music) an electronic simulation of a pipe organ

  4. organ(noun)

    a periodical that is published by a special interest group

    "the organ of the communist party"

  5. organ, pipe organ(noun)

    wind instrument whose sound is produced by means of pipes arranged in sets supplied with air from a bellows and controlled from a large complex musical keyboard

  6. harmonium, organ, reed organ(noun)

    a free-reed instrument in which air is forced through the reeds by bellows

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. organ(noun)ˈɔr gən

    one of the important functioning parts inside your body

    the heart, lungs, and other organs

  2. organˈɔr gən

    a large musical instrument with a keyboard and pipes of different lengths

    He plays the organ at our church.

Wiktionary

  1. organ(Noun)

    A largest part of an organism, composed of tissues that perform similar functions.

  2. organ(Noun)

    A body of an organization dedicated to the performing of certain functions.

  3. organ(Noun)

    A musical instrument that has multiple pipes which play when a key is pressed, or an electronic instrument designed to replicate such.

  4. organ(Noun)

    An official magazine, newsletter, or similar publication of an organization.

  5. organ(Noun)

    A species of cactus (Stenocereus thurberi)

  6. organ(Noun)

    The penis.

  7. Origin: From organum, from ὄργανον, from *.

Freebase

  1. organ

    In music, the organ is a keyboard instrument of one or more divisions, each played with its own keyboard, played either with the hands or with the feet. The organ is a relatively old musical instrument in the Western musical tradition, dating from the time of Ctesibius of Alexandria who is credited with inventing the hydraulis. By around the 8th century, it had overcome early associations with gladiatorial combat and gradually assumed a prominent place in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. Subsequently it re-emerged as a secular and recital instrument.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'organ' in Nouns Frequency: #1643


Translations for organ

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

organ(noun)

a part of the body or of a plant which has a special purpose

the reproductive organs.

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