Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of a number of long, thick pieces of timber, pointed and shod with iron, and suspended, each by a separate rope, over a gateway, to be let down in case of attack.
  • n. A piece of ordnance, consisting of a number of musket barrels arranged so that a match or train may connect with all their touchholes, and a discharge be secured almost or quite simultaneously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of a number of long, thick pieces of timber, pointed and shod with iron, and suspended, each by a separate rope, over a gateway, to be let down in case of attack.
  • n. A piece of ordnance, consisting of a number of musket barrels arranged so that a match or train may connect with all their touchholes, and a discharge be secured almost or quite simultaneously.

Etymologies

From French, from Latin organum ("organ, instrument, tool"), from Ancient Greek ὄργανον (organon, "organ, instrument, tool"). See organ. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The prelude at Solemn Mass this Sunday is the Prélude from Suite pour orgue, Op. 5, by Maurice Duruflé 1902-1986.

    A "Music at St. Mary's" note

  • The programme comprised also an improvisation on the orgue expressif

    Frederic Chopin as a Man and Musician

  • Generally, to throw listeners off the track, slang confines itself to adding to all the words of the language without distinction, an ignoble tail, a termination in aille, in orgue, in iergue, or in uche.

    Les Miserables, Volume IV, Saint Denis

  • I heard him improvise on the _orgue expressif_, and afterward on a great organ which has just been built here by Cavaille for the cathedral of Ajaccio.

    At Home And Abroad Or, Things And Thoughts In America and Europe

  • You may logically orgue that this is not your responsibility and government should take action on any of these.

    rediff.com

  • I attended with some positive anticipation, because the Poulenc Concerto, along with the Camille Saint-Sa'ns Symphony No. 3 avec orgue (with organ), have always seemed highly imaginative examples of gifted composers managing to craft beautiful and meaningful, even reflective statements for the mighty and potentially overpowering instrument.

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  • All his life he has remained faithful to his admiration of Liszt -- since 1858, when he dedicated a _Veni Creator_ to "the Abbé Liszt," until 1886, when, a few months after Liszt's death, he dedicated his masterpiece, the _Symphonic avec orgue_, "To the memory of Franz Liszt." [

    Musicians of To-Day

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