Lung Definition

lŭng
lungs
noun
Either of the two spongelike respiratory organs in the thorax of air-breathing vertebrates, that oxygenate the blood and remove carbon dioxide from it.
Webster's New World
Any analogous organ in invertebrates.
Webster's New World
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idiom
at the top of (one's) lungs
  • As loudly as one's voice will allow.
American Heritage
at the top of one's lungs
  • in one's loudest voice
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Lung

Noun

Singular:
lung
Plural:
lungs

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Lung

Origin of Lung

  • From Middle English, from Old English lungen, from Proto-Germanic *lungw- (“the light organ"), from Proto-Indo-European *lengÊ·Ê°- (“not heavy, agile, nimble"); cf. *h₁lengÊ·Ê°-, whence ultimately also light. Cognate with West Frisian long, Dutch long, German Lunge, Danish lunge, Swedish lunga, Icelandic lunga, and also Russian лёгкое (lÑ‘gkoe) (lung), Ancient Greek ἐλαφρός (ἐlafrós) and perhaps Albanian lungë (“blister, bulge"). Compare Latin levis and Old English lÄ“oht (Modern English light). See also lights ("lungs").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English lunge from Old English lungen lungs legwh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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