What does Organ mean?

Definitions for Organ
ˈɔr gənor·gan

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Organ.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. organnoun

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

  2. organnoun

    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, organnoun

    (music) an electronic simulation of a pipe organ

  4. organnoun

    a periodical that is published by a special interest group

    "the organ of the communist party"

  5. organ, pipe organnoun

    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 organnoun

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


  1. Organnoun

    A medium of communication between one person or body and another; as, the secretary of state is the organ of communication between the government and a foreign power; a newspaper is the organ of its editor, or of a party, sect, etc. A newsletter distributed within an organization is often called its house organ.


  1. organnoun

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

  2. organnoun

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

  3. organnoun

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

  4. organnoun

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

  5. organnoun

    A species of cactus (Stenocereus thurberi)

  6. organnoun

    The penis.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ORGANnoun

    Etymology: organe, Fr. ὄργανον.

    When he shall hear she died upon his words,
    The ever lovely organ of her life
    Shall come apparell’d in more precious habit,
    Than when she liv’d indeed. William Shakespeare.

    For a mean and organ, by which this operative virtue might be continued, God appointed the light to be united, and gave it also motion and heat. Walter Raleigh.

    The aptness of birds is not so much in the conformity of the organs of speech, as in their attention. Francis Bacon.

    Wit and will
    Can judge and chuse, without the body’s aid;
    Tho’ on such objects they are working still,
    As thro’ the body’s organs are convey’d. Davies.

    A hand of a vast extension, and a prodigious number of fingers playing upon all the organ pipes in the world, and making every one sound a particular note. John Keill.

    While in more lengthen’d notes and slow,
    The deep, majestick, solemn organs blow. Alexander Pope.


  1. organ

    An organ is a group of tissues that work together to perform specific functions in an organism. This term can be used in the context of both plants and animals, including humans. Examples of organs include the heart, lungs, and liver in animals, and roots, stems, and leaves in plants.


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Organ

    or′gan, n. an instrument or means by which anything is done: a part of a body fitted for carrying on a natural or vital operation: a means of communication, or of conveying information or opinions from one to another of two parties, as an ambassador, a newspaper, &c.: a musical wind instrument consisting of a collection of pipes made to sound by means of compressed air from bellows, and played upon by means of keys: a system of pipes in such an organ, having an individual keyboard, a partial organ: a musical instrument having some mechanism resembling the pipe-organ, as the barrel-organ, &c.—ns. Or′gan-build′er, one who constructs organs; Or′gan-grind′er, a fellow who plays a hand-organ by a crank; Or′gan-harmō′nium, a large harmonium used instead of a pipe-organ.—adjs. Organ′ic, -al, pertaining to an organ: organised: instrumental.—adv. Organ′ically.—n. Organ′icalness.—v.t. Organ′ify, to add organic matter to.—n. Organisabil′ity.—adj. Organis′able, that may be organised.—n. Organisā′tion, the act of organising: the state of being organised.—v.t. Or′ganīse, to supply with organs: to form several parts into an organised whole, to arrange.—ns. Or′ganīser; Or′ganism, organic structure, or a body exhibiting such: a living being, animal or vegetable.—adj. Or′ganismal.—ns. Or′ganist, one who plays on an organ; Or′gan-loft, the loft where an organ stands; Organog′eny, Organogen′esis, history of the development of living organs; Organog′raphy, a description of the organs of plants or animals; Organol′ogy, the study of structure and function; Or′gan-pipe, one of the sounding pipes of a pipe-organ (flue-pipes and reed-pipes); Or′gan-point, a note sustained through a series of chords, although only in harmony with the first and last; Or′ganry, the music of the organ; Or′gan-screen, an ornamental stone or wood screen, on which a secondary organ is sometimes placed in cathedrals; Orguinette′, a mechanical musical instrument, with reeds and exhaust-bellows.—Organic chemistry, the chemistry of substances of animal or vegetable origin, prior to 1828 supposed to be capable of formation only as products of vital processes: the chemistry of the compounds of carbon; Organic disease, a disease accompanied by changes in the structures involved; Organic remains, fossil remains of a plant or animal.—Hydraulic organ, one whose bellows is operated by a hydraulic motor. [Fr. organe—L. organum—Gr. organon.]

Editors Contribution

  1. organ

    A type of organism with a specific function.

    Organisms exist everywhere in the body of a human and animal.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 22, 2019  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ORGAN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Organ is ranked #12696 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Organ surname appeared 2,431 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Organ.

    84% or 2,043 total occurrences were White.
    10% or 244 total occurrences were Black.
    2.5% or 62 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.1% or 53 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 15 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 14 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for Organ »

  1. argon

  2. Goran

  3. groan

  4. nagor

  5. grano

  6. orang

  7. rogan

  8. ronga

  9. angor

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Organ in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Organ in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Organ in a Sentence

  1. Matthew Cooper:

    It’s a difficult operation to do because the organ essentially scars in the [initial] recipient, my hat’s off and kudos to Dr. Veale — even being able to do it technically is worthy of praise.

  2. Robert Erickson:

    Unlike an X-ray that penetrates through the organ, [with thermography], you can get a view of what’s going on inside the body.

  3. Mildred Solomon:

    We are the only developed country in the world that doesn’t see healthcare as a universal right, what a statement it would be about our society if people decided to give an organ so they could get health insurance.

  4. Arthur L Caplan:

    The use of fetuses as organ and tissue donors is a ticking time bomb of bioethics.

  5. Leonardo Trasande:

    Pound for pound, children eat more food and therefore have a higher level of exposure compared to us adults, in addition, their developing organ systems are uniquely vulnerable. ... There can be fundamental disruptions in various endocrine functions that can manifest not only in early childhood but potentially in later life as a result of prenatal or infant exposure.

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