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Meaning of 'organ' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Organ [ n.]
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
2 . Organ [ v. t.]
- To supply with an organ or organs; to fit with organs; to organize.

Meaning of 'organ' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . organ [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a government agency or instrument devoted to the performance of some specific function
Example in sentence:
  • The Census Bureau is an organ of the Commerce Department
Meaning (2):
- a periodical that is published by a special interest group
Example in sentence:
  • the organ of the communist party