hand organ
noun Date: 1770 a barrel organ operated by a hand crank

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Hand organ — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hand organ — ☆ hand organ n. a barrel organ played by turning a crank by hand …   English World dictionary

  • hand organ — noun a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegs • Syn: ↑barrel organ, ↑grind organ, ↑hurdy gurdy, ↑hurdy gurdy, ↑street organ • Topics: ↑music • Hyp …   Useful english dictionary

  • hand organ — n. to grind, play a hand organ * * * play a hand organ to grind …   Combinatory dictionary

  • hand organ — hand′ or gan n. mad a portable barrel organ played by means of a crank turned by hand • Etymology: 1790–1800, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • hand organ — /ˈhænd ɔgən/ (say hand awguhn) noun a portable barrel organ played by means of a crank turned by hand …   Australian English dictionary

  • hand organ — a portable barrel organ played by means of a crank turned by hand. [1790 1800, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • hand organ — n. musical instrument played by the action of a rotating cylinder equipped with pins; barrel organ …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hand-organ — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hand — (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in man and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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