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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

LUNG, n.
1. The lungs are the organs of respiration in man and many other animals. There are two of these organs, each of which occupies its cavity in the thorax. They alternately inhale and expel the air, by means of which the necessary function of respiration is carried on.
Each lung fills completely the cavity in which it is placed.
2. Formerly, a person having a strong voice, and a sort of servant.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: either of two saclike respiratory organs in the chest of vertebrates; serves to remove carbon dioxide and provide oxygen to the blood

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English lunge, from Old English lungen; akin to Old High German lungun lung, l?hti light in weight more at light Date: before 12th century 1. a. one of the usually paired compound saccular thoracic organs that constitute the basic respiratory organ of air-breathing vertebrates b. any of various respiratory organs of invertebrates 2. a. a device enabling individuals abandoning a submarine to rise to the surface b. a mechanical device for regularly introducing fresh air into and withdrawing stale air from the lung ; respirator compare iron lung lungful noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. either of the pair of respiratory organs which bring air into contact with the blood in humans and many other vertebrates. Phrases and idioms: lung-power the power of one's voice. Derivatives: lunged adj. lungful n. (pl. -fuls). lungless adj. Etymology: OE lungen f. Gmc, rel. to LIGHT(2)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Lung Lung, n. [OE. lunge, AS. lunge, pl. lungen; akin to D. long, G. lunge, Icel. & Sw. lunga, Dan. lunge, all prob. from the root of E. light. ? See Light not heavy.] (Anat.) An organ for a["e]rial respiration; -- commonly in the plural. My lungs began to crow like chanticleer. --Shak.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(lungs) Your lungs are the two organs inside your chest which fill with air when you breathe in. N-COUNT: usu pl

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