from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large, highly vascular lymphoid organ, lying in the human body to the left of the stomach below the diaphragm, serving to store blood, disintegrate old blood cells, filter foreign substances from the blood, and produce lymphocytes.
- n. A homologous organ or tissue in other vertebrates.
- n. Obsolete This organ conceived as the seat of emotions or passions.
- n. Ill temper: vent one's spleen.
- n. Archaic Melancholy.
- n. Obsolete A whim; a caprice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. In vertebrates, including humans, a ductless vascular gland, located in the left upper abdomen near the stomach, which destroys old red blood cells, removes debris from the bloodstream, acts as a reservoir of blood, and produces lymphocytes.
- n. A bad mood; spitefulness.
- v. To dislike.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A peculiar glandlike but ductless organ found near the stomach or intestine of most vertebrates and connected with the vascular system; the milt. Its exact function in not known.
- n. Anger; latent spite; ill humor; malice.
- n. A fit of anger; choler.
- n. A sudden motion or action; a fit; a freak; a whim.
- n. Melancholy; hypochondriacal affections.
- n. A fit of immoderate laughter or merriment.
- transitive v. To dislke.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A non-glandular, highly vascular organ which is situated in the abdomen, on the left side, in connection with the digestive organs, and in which the blood undergoes certain modifications in respect of its corpuscles.
- n. Ill humor; melancholy; low spirits.
- n. Bad temper; anger; ill-will; malice; latent spite; grudge: as, to vent one's spleen; a fit of the spleen.
- n. A sudden impulse, fancy, or caprice; a whim.
- n. Mood; disposition.
- To deprive of the spleen; extirpate the spleen of.
- To anger; annoy.
- To dislike; hate.
- To have a loathing; become disgusted.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large dark-red oval organ on the left side of the body between the stomach and the diaphragm; produces cells involved in immune responses
- n. a feeling of resentful anger
Middle English splen, from Old French esplen, from Latin splēn, from Greek.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French esplen, from Latin splēn, from Ancient Greek σπλήν (splēn, "the spleen"). (Wiktionary)