a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function
a government agency or instrument devoted to the performance of some specific function
"The Census Bureau is an organ of the Commerce Department"
electric organ, electronic organ, Hammond organ, organ(noun)
(music) an electronic simulation of a pipe organ
a periodical that is published by a special interest group
"the organ of the communist party"
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
harmonium, organ, reed organ(noun)
a free-reed instrument in which air is forced through the reeds by bellows
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.
Origin: [L. organum, Gr. 'o`rganon; akin to 'e`rgon work, and E. work: cf. F. organe. See Work, and cf. Orgue, Orgy.]
A largest part of an organism, composed of tissues that perform similar functions.
A body of an organization dedicated to the performing of certain functions.
A musical instrument that has multiple pipes which play when a key is pressed, or an electronic instrument designed to replicate such.
An official magazine, newsletter, or similar publication of an organization.
A species of cactus (Stenocereus thurberi)
Origin: From organum, from ὄργανον, from *.
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
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.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'organ' in Nouns Frequency: #1643
The numerical value of organ in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of organ in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of organ in a Sentence
The organ masters are very sensitive to it.
If you think about it really no organ in the body acts on it own.
Every person in the chain of an organ donation, except one, profits.
If you're receiving a lifesaving organ, you have to be able to afford it.
Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.
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- عضو, أرغنArabic
- òrganCatalan, Valencian
- orgán, varhanyCzech
- organ, orgelDanish
- Organ, OrgelGerman
- organo, orgenoEsperanto
- ارگ, اندام, ارغنون, ترجمانPersian
- toimielin, elin, äänenkannattaja, urkupillikaktus, urutFinnish
- urga, orgul, málgagnFaroese
- orgue, organeFrench
- oargelWestern Frisian
- עוגב, איבר, אורגןHebrew
- ògànHaitian Creole
- szerv, orgonaHungarian
- մարմին, օրգան, երգեհոնArmenian
- organo, orgenoIdo
- líffæri, orgel, málgagnIcelandic
- 器官, オルガンJapanese
- ორგანო, ორღანGeorgian
- 器官, 기관Korean
- organum, organum tubulatumLatin
- UergelLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- orgāns, ērģelesLatvian
- orgaan, orgelDutch
- orgelNorwegian Nynorsk
- organ, organy, narządPolish
- órgão, [[publicação]] [[oficial]]Portuguese
- orgă, organRomanian
- о̀рга̄н, òrgān, о̀ргуље, òrguljeSerbo-Croatian
- organ, orgleSlovene
- organ, orgelSwedish
- సంగీతపు పెట్టె, అంగము, అవయవముTelugu
- organ, orgTurkish
- khí quan, 器官, đàn ooc-ganVietnamese
- organe, ôreWalloon
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