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Kidney \Kid"ney\ (k[i^]d"n[y^]), n.; pl. Kidneys (k[i^]d"n[i^]z). [OE. kidnei, kidnere, from Icel. koi[eth]r belly, womb (akin to Goth. gipus, AS. cwi[thorn] womb) + OE. nere kidney; akin to D. nier, G. niere, OHG. nioro, Icel. n[=y]ra, Dan. nyre, Sw. njure, and probably to Gr. nefro`s Cf. Kite belly.]

  1. (Anat.) A glandular organ which excretes urea and other waste products from the animal body; a urinary gland.

    Note: In man and in other mammals there are two kidneys, one on each side of vertebral column in the back part of the abdomen, each kidney being connected with the bladder by a long tube, the ureter, through which the urine is constantly excreted into the bladder to be periodically discharged.

  2. Habit; disposition; sort; kind; as, a man of a different kidney.

    There are in later times other decrees, made by popes of another kidney.

    Millions in the world of this man's kidney.

    Your poets, spendthrifts, and other fools of that kidney, pretend, forsooth, to crack their jokes on prudence.

    Note: This use of the word perhaps arose from the fact that the kidneys and the fat about them are an easy test of the condition of an animal as to fatness. ``Think of that, -- a man of my kidney; -- . . . as subject to heat as butter.''

  3. A waiter. [Old Cant]

    Floating kidney. See Wandering kidney, under Wandering.

    Kidney bean (Bot.), a sort of bean; -- so named from its shape. It is of the genus Phaseolus ( Phaseolus vulgaris). See under Bean.

    Kidney ore (Min.), a variety of hematite or iron sesquioxide, occurring in compact kidney-shaped masses.

    Kidney stone. (Min.) See Nephrite, and Jade.

    Kidney vetch (Bot.), a leguminous herb of Europe and Asia ( Anthyllis vulneraria), with cloverlike heads of red or yellow flowers, once used as a remedy for renal disorders, and also to stop the flow of blood from wounds; lady's-fingers.


n. (plural of kidney English)

Usage examples of "kidneys".

Only Tulla, unbeknownst to the grownups, but before our eyes as we looked on with a tightening of the throat, took long avid gulps of the brownish-gray broth in which the coagulated excretion of the kidneys floated sleetlike and mingled with blackish marjoram to form islands.

Rarely, when there was no meat displayed on the low-price counter, the pot was filled with innards: knotted fatty beef hearts, pissy, because unsoaked, pig's kidneys, also small lamb kidneys which my mother had to detach from a finger-thick coat of fat lined with crackling parchment: the kidneys went into the dog pot, the suet was rendered in a cast-iron frying pan and used in the family cooking, because mutton suet wards off tuberculosis.

Only Matern and the Elians pile the altar: with heart, spleen, and kidneys for Pluto!

Instantly Matern -- with heart, spleen, and kidneys already on his way to Fliesteden -- has a nail in his pocket that wants to write.

You won't see the last of Walter Matern so soon, because Walter has come to judge you with a black dog and a list of names incised in his heart, spleen, and kidneys, one of them exhibited for all to read in the Cologne Central Station, in the piss-warm part with the tiled floor and the cozy enameled bays: Sturmführer Jochen Sawatzki led the popular and notorious 84th SA Sturm, Langfuhr-North, through hell and high water.

He who had come to judge, with a black dog and with names incised in his heart, spleen, and kidneys, leaves the sugarbeet environment and takes the train, after crossing off the names of Jochen Sawatzki and wife, to Cologne on the Rhine.

No poking around in hedgehog hearts and fox spleens or in the kidneys of a red-spotted calf.

The menu is nothing unusual: wiener schnitzel, beef brisket with horseradish, calves' brains on toast, beef tongue in Madeira, lamb kidneys flambd, even common pig's knuckles, and the usual roast chicken with French-fried potatoes.

Knotted in his entrails, twined round heart, spleen, and tortured kidneys, the rosary chatters: Opportunist!

Norman had been working on her kidneys for fourteen years, and the traces of blood she saw more and more frequently in her urine no longer surprised or worried her.

Would she have an hour — fifteen minutes, even — a day when her kidneys didn't feel like hot stones buried in her back?

Her overwhelming need to urinate had passed, but her bladder still felt heavy and overloaded, her kidneys were still throbbing, her legs were shaky, and her heart was pounding so violently in her chest that it frightened her.

The pulsing ache in her kidneys had returned and her bladder was pounding, too.

Right now the ache around her kidneys was strong and unpleasant, true enough, but this was her eighteenth room of the day, and when she'd begun at the Whitestone she had been close to fainting after a dozen rooms and unable to go on after fourteen — she'd had to ask Pam for help.

Four weeks could make a hell of a difference in a person's outlook, Rosie was discovering, especially if it was four weeks without any hard shots to the kidneys or the pit of the stomach.