Organ - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɔːrɡən|  American pronunciation of the word organ
Brit.  |ˈɔːɡ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word organ

noun

- 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
- (music) an electronic simulation of a pipe organ
- a periodical that is published by a special interest group
- 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
- a free-reeded instrument with a piano keyboard in which air is forced through the reeds by bellows (syn: harmonium)

Examples

the legislative organ of our government

...that newspaper is intended as an organ for the whole university community...

Extra doses of the hormone caused the animals' reproductive organs to develop sooner than usual.

In Arizona, 480 people are waiting for organ transplants.

The courts are organs of government.

The Census Bureau is an organ of the Commerce Department

the organ of the communist party

The procedure is gaining recognition as the latest advance in organ transplant surgery.

the low tones of an organ

...an outpouring of affection and support for the high school athlete in need of an organ transplant...

...plangent organ music filled the church...

The organ resounded throughout the church.

No one can play the organ during service time without the consent of the Vicar.

He just knew the bell of the church from the organ.

The human brain is an incredibly complicated organ.

Word forms

noun
singular: organ
plural: organs
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