Organ meaning

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The definition of an organ is a part of the body that has a specific function.

An example of a organ is the liver.

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An organ is defined as a large wind keyboard musical instrument.

An example of organ is the instrument most often played in church.

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An instrument or agency dedicated to the performance of specified functions.

The FBI is an organ of the Justice Department.

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An instrument or means of communication, especially a periodical issued by a political party, business firm, or other group.
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(biology) A differentiated part of an organism, such as an eye, wing, or leaf, that performs a specific function.
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In animals and plants, a part composed of specialized tissues and adapted to the performance of a specific function or functions.
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The penis.
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A means of communicating ideas or opinions, as a periodical.
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(biology) A differentiated part of an organism, such as an eye, wing, or leaf, that performs a specific function.
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A distinct part of an organism that performs one or more specialized functions. Examples of organs are the eyes, ears, lungs, and heart of an animal, and the roots, stems, and leaves of a plant.
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A largest part of an organism, composed of tissues that perform similar functions.
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(by extension) A body of an organization dedicated to the performing of certain functions.
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(music) A musical instrument that has multiple pipes which play when a key is pressed, or an electronic instrument designed to replicate such.
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An official magazine, newsletter, or similar publication of an organization.
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A species of cactus (Stenocereus thurberi).
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(slang) The penis.
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(obsolete) To supply with an organ or organs; to fit with organs.
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A means or instrument for the performance of some action.

An organ of local government.

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Origin of organ

  • Middle English from Old French organe and from Old English organe both from Latin organum tool, instrument from Greek organon werg- in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Latin organum, from Ancient Greek ὄργανον (organon, “an instrument, implement, tool, also an organ of sense or apprehension, an organ of the body, also a musical instrument, an organ"), from *ἔργειν (ergein, “to work").

    From Wiktionary