- 1 Biology A part of an organism that is typically self-contained and has a specific vital function, such as the heart or liver in humans.More example sentences
body part, biological structure
- An abscess on an internal organ such as the liver or brain may be diagnosed by X-ray or scanning.
- In only specific organs is a biopsy recommended without there being an identifiable lump.
- If you want to have specific organs donated, will doctors remove anything else?
- 1.1A department or organization that performs a specified function: the central organs of administration and businessMore example sentences
- Is it a state of affairs where free speech is suppressed by the organs of the State?
- These organs of the global economy are likewise members of the United Nations family.
- The Fascist Party and its organs were dissolved amid popular celebration.
- 1.2A medium of communication, especially a newspaper or periodical that serves a particular organization, political party, etc.: an article in the official organ of the Salvation ArmyMore example sentences
- It was ridiculous to see in this country how some of the leading media organs campaigned for press censorship.
- The party organ had been in the news these days for all the wrong reasons.
- He was an editorial writer for the Central Daily News, the chief organ of the ruling Nationalist Party.
- 1.3(Used euphemistically) the penis.More example sentences
- I guess there might have been some serious feelings of inadequacy by some of the male viewers who came to see the sizeable organ eh?
- It seems MacManus was inspired to write the book because of his observations on Greek sculpture and their lack of accuracy when it came to the male organ.
- According to Van Damme, the dog represents the uncircumcised boy, the feline is the circumcised individual, and the coiled snake is the male organ.
- 1.4 • archaic A region of the brain formerly held to be the seat of a particular faculty.More example sentences
- Brain organs which were used got bigger and those which were not used shrunk, causing the skull to rise and fall with organ development.
- 2 (also pipe organ) A large musical instrument having rows of tuned pipes sounded by compressed air, and played using one or more keyboards to produce a wide range of musical effects. The pipes are generally arranged in ranks of a particular type, each controlled by a stop, and often into larger sets linked to separate keyboards.More example sentences
- The sounds of the organ and the choir used to mesmerize the faithful in those days.
- The mass is sung by a vocal ensemble of six solo voices doubled by six instruments with organ.
- The organ sounded from the front of the church, the rich tones bringing me out of my reverie.
- 2.1An electronic keyboard instrument that produces sounds similar to those of a pipe organ. See also reed organ.More example sentences
- It is a song of hope and justice. Use percussion and guitars rather than an organ or piano.
- The atmosphere is created mostly with pianos and organs, less so the strings of the past few albums.
- Somehow an organ and a drum kit can sound like Venus' doors swooping wide.
late Old English, via Latin from Greek organon 'tool, instrument, sense organ', reinforced in Middle English by Old French organe.