from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A storm; a tempest.
  • n. In organ-building, a stop constructed so as to produce a noise in imitation of the sound of a storm.


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  • One of the combinations to the Pedal organ is designated, "Effets d'orage" -- a thunder stop.

    The Recent Revolution in Organ Building Being an Account of Modern Developments

  • Wind, tempest, and orage assailed them so strongly that they weened to have perished without remedy, the holy virgin lift up her hands to heaven requiring help of our Lord, and anon the tempest ceased.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 3

  • The provost entered into a ship with thirty-four men for to pass an arm of the sea; anon came a great orage and a tempest, which drowned the provost and all his company in the sea, and the sea threw their bodies to the rivage, and wild beasts came thither and ate them.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 3

  • And when they had made their course, and sailed a day and a night, there arose a great tempest and orage.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 4

  • He was more engaged in politics than science, and as party spirit ran very high at that time, he said he would send tickets of admission to the Chambers every time there was likely to be an "orage."

    Personal Recollections, from Early Life to Old Age, of Mary Somerville

  • And he that knew their malice and their evil purpose went with them unto the top of an high mountain whereas they would have slain him, and he desired much the martyrdom for the love of our Lord, and for to come in his company; but anon suddenly descended from heaven such a tempest of rain and of orage, that it covered all the mountain so much that that one could not see that other, and supposed to have died suddenly.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 3


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  • Dunno what's wrong with wiggling a piece of plywood like we used to do in the Sunday school play.

    July 23, 2016

  • In organ-building, a stop constructed so as to produce a noise in imitation of the sound of a storm.

    July 23, 2016