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Meaning of ORGAN

Pronunciation:  'orgun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (music) an electronic simulation of a pipe organ
  2. [n]  a free-reed instrument in which air is forced through the reeds by bellows
  3. [n]  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
  4. [n]  a fully differentiated structural and functional unit in an animal that is specialized for some particular function
  5. [n]  a periodical that is published by a special interest group; "the organ of the communist party"
  6. [n]  a government agency or instrument devoted to the performance of some specific function; "The Census Bureau is an organ of the Commerce Department"

ORGAN is a 5 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: electric organ, electronic organ, Hammond organ, harmonium, pipe organ, reed organ
 See Also: agency, anlage, authority, body part, bureau, cell organ, clapper, clavier, contractile organ, contractor, crystalline lens, ctene, effector, electronic instrument, end organ, erectile organ, external organ, federal agency, fingerboard, foot, foot lever, foot pedal, free-reed instrument, gland, glossa, government agency, house organ, internal organ, invertebrate foot, keyboard, lens, lingua, lobe, office, organ pipe, organelle, ovipositor, pedal, periodical, piano keyboard, pipe, pipework, primordium, receptor, reproductive organ, secreter, secretor, secretory organ, sense organ, sensory receptor, sex organ, speech organ, stinger, stop, sucker, taret organ, target organ, tongue, treadle, viscus, vital organ, vitals, vocal organ, wind, wind instrument, wing



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Or"gan\, n. [L. organum, Gr. ?; akin to ? work, and E.
    work: cf. F. organe. See {Work}, and cf. {Orgue}, {Orgy}.]
    1. An instrument or medium by which some important action is
       performed, or an important end accomplished; as,
       legislatures, courts, armies, taxgatherers, etc., are
       organs of government.
    2. (Biol.) A natural part or structure in an animal or a
       plant, capable of performing some special action (termed
       its function), which is essential to the life or
       well-being of the whole; as, the heart, lungs, etc., are
       organs of animals; the root, stem, foliage, etc., are
       organs of plants.
    Note: In animals the organs are generally made up of several
          tissues, one of which usually predominates, and
          determines the principal function of the organ. Groups
          of organs constitute a system. See {System}.
    3. A component part performing an essential office in the
       working of any complex machine; as, the cylinder, valves,
       crank, etc., are organs of the steam engine.
    4. 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.
    5. [Cf. AS. organ, fr. L. organum.] (Mus.) A wind instrument
       containing numerous pipes of various dimensions and kinds,
       which are filled with wind from a bellows, and played upon
       by means of keys similar to those of a piano, and
       sometimes by foot keys or pedals; -- formerly used in the
       plural, each pipe being considired an organ.
             The deep, majestic, solemn organs blow. --Pope.
    Note: Chaucer used the form orgon as a plural.
                The merry orgon . . . that in the church goon
    {Barrel organ}, {Choir organ}, {Great organ}, etc. See under
       {Barrel}, {Choir}, etc.
    {Cabinet organ} (Mus.), an organ of small size, as for a
       chapel or for domestic use; a reed organ.
    {Organ bird} (Zo["o]l.), a Tasmanian crow shrike ({Gymnorhina
       organicum}). It utters discordant notes like those of a
       hand organ out of tune.
    {Organ fish} (Zo["o]l.), the drumfish.
    {Organ gun}. (Mil.) Same as {Orgue}
       (b) .
    {Organ harmonium} (Mus.), an harmonium of large capacity and
    {Organ of Gorti} (Anat.), a complicated structure in the
       cochlea of the ear, including the auditory hair cells, the
       rods or fibers of Corti, the membrane of Corti, etc. See
       Note under {Ear}.
    {Organ pipe}. See {Pipe}, n., 1.
    {Organ-pipe coral}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Tubipora}.
    {Organ point} (Mus.), a passage in which the tonic or
       dominant is sustained continuously by one part, while the
       other parts move.
  2. \Or"gan\, v. t.
    To supply with an organ or organs; to fit with organs; to
    organize. [Obs.]
          Thou art elemented and organed for other apprehensions.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Hearing the grand anthems of an organ in your dream, symbolizes long lasting friendships and well-grounded fortune. Seeing an organ in a church indicates sad separation of families. Dreaming that you are playing an organ means that fortune will fall on your and social distinction will be given to you.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A group of tissues which work together as a single unit to perform a particular function within a multicellular organism.
Easton Bible Dictionary

some kind of wind instrument, probably a kind of Pan's pipes (Gen. 4:21; Job 21:12; Ps. 150:4), which consisted of seven or eight reeds of unequal length.

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