barrel organ


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barrel organ

n.
A mechanical instrument on which a tune is played by the action of a revolving cylinder fitted with pegs or pins that open pipe valves supplied by a bellows.

barrel organ

n
1. (Instruments) an instrument consisting of a cylinder turned by a handle and having pins on it that interrupt the air flow to certain pipes, thereby playing any of a number of tunes. See also hurdy-gurdy
2. (Instruments) a similar instrument in which the projections on a rotating barrel pluck a set of strings

bar′rel or`gan


n.
a musical instrument in which air from a bellows is admitted to a set of pipes by means of pins inserted into a revolving barrel.
[1765–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barrel organ - a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegsbarrel organ - a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegs
musical instrument, instrument - any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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Disencumbering himself of a barrel organ which he placed upon a chair, and retaining in his hand a small whip wherewith to awe his company of comedians, he came up to the fire to dry himself, and entered into conversation.
with the single exception perhaps of the tragic muse, when playing extemporaneously on the barrel organ before the East India Company) can parallel.
A dark-haired young man with a barrel organ was standing in the road in front of a little general shop and was grinding out a very sentimental song.
THE BARREL ORGAN, DIGBETH It became The Dubliner, but during the 1980s and early 1990s, The Barrel Organ was a flourishing indie gig venue for bands with names like Twenty Flight Rockers, Ghost Dance, AC Temple, Sleepwalk, Dr Phibes, Delicious Monster, Egyptian Fringe, Cable Regime, Godflesh and Head Of David.
Mike Hancock will perform the Big Christmas barrel organ at 12 noon, 1.
The event opens at 1pm with attractions throughout the afternoon including a steam traction engine, a steam barrel organ, hog roast, chestnut man, a children's ride, a fire engine, choir, DJ and a big band.
There were stalls, children's games, an antique barrel organ played and afternoon tea was served.
There was a charity premiere of How The West Was Won in aid of the appeal, screened at the newly refurbished Park Hall Cinerama Theatre in Cardiff, and one nurse in North Wales, who owned a barrel organ, even borrowed her friend's pet monkey and set about raising money for the appeal at a North Wales resort.
uk 4 150th Anniversary at Llangollen Railway, Llangollen Tomorrow & Sunday, featuring Punch & Judy, Barrel Organ, a Queen Victoria look-a-like.
On one occasion a barrel organ was hired from North Shields and had to be pushed to Shiremoor and back again the next day in the rain.
In 1980, the cream of the city's rising bands took over the Barrel Organ for a week to record a gatefold album complete with sleeve featuring pioneering, newspaper-style advertising on the cover.