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Definition: Choir organ
, n. [L. organum, Gr. ?; akin to ? work, and E.
work: cf. F. organe. See Work
, and cf. Orgue
1. 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.
2. (Biol.) 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.
Note: In animals the organs are generally made up of several
tissues, one of which usually predominates, and
determines the principal function of the organ. Groups
of organs constitute a system. See System
3. 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.
4. 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 newsletter distributed within an organization
is often called its house organ
[1913 Webster +PJC]
5. [Cf. AS. organ, fr. L. organum.] (Mus.) 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 considered an organ.
The deep, majestic, solemn organs blow. --Pope.
Note: Chaucer used the form orgon as a plural.
The merry orgon . . . that in the church goon
, Choir organ
, Great organ
, etc. See under
(Mus.), an organ of small size, as for a
chapel or for domestic use; a reed organ.
(Zo["o]l.), a Tasmanian crow shrike (Gymnorhina organicum
). It utters discordant notes like those of a
hand organ out of tune.
(Zo["o]l.), the drumfish.
. (Mil.) Same as Orgue
(Mus.), an harmonium of large capacity and
Organ of Corti
(Anat.), a complicated structure in the
cochlea of the ear, including the auditory hair cells, the
rods or fibers of Corti, the membrane of Corti, etc. See
Note under Ear
. See Pipe
, n., 1.
. (Zo["o]l.) See Tubipora
(Mus.), a passage in which the tonic or
dominant is sustained continuously by one part, while the
other parts move.
, n. [OE. quer, OF. cuer, F. ch[oe]ur, fr. L.
chorus a choral dance, chorus, choir, fr. Gr. ?, orig.
dancing place; prob. akin to ? inclosure, L. hortus garden,
and E. yard. See Chorus
1. A band or organized company of singers, especially in
church service. [Formerly written also quire
2. That part of a church appropriated to the singers.
3. (Arch.) The chancel.
(Mus.), one of the three or five distinct
organs included in the full organ, each separable from the
rest, but all controlled by one performer; a portion of
the full organ, complete in itself, and more practicable
for ordinary service and in the accompanying of the vocal
, Choir wall
(Arch.), a screen or low wall
separating the choir from the aisles.
, the service of singing performed by the
choir. --T. Warton.