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concertina

[kon-ser-tee-nuh]
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noun
  1. a musical instrument resembling an accordion but having buttonlike keys, hexagonal bellows and ends, and a more limited range.
  2. concertina wire.
verb (used without object), con·cer·ti·naed [kon-ser-tee-nuh d] /ˌkɒn sərˈti nəd/, con·cer·ti·na·ing [kon-ser-tee-nuh-ing] /ˌkɒn sərˈti nə ɪŋ/.
  1. to fold, crush together, or collapse in the manner of a concertina: The car concertinaed when it hit the truck.
verb (used with object), con·cer·ti·naed [kon-ser-tee-nuh d] /ˌkɒn sərˈti nəd/, con·cer·ti·na·ing [kon-ser-tee-nuh-ing] /ˌkɒn sərˈti nə ɪŋ/.
  1. to cause to fold or collapse in the manner of a concertina.
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a concertina: concertina pleats.

Origin of concertina

apparently coined by the original instrument's inventor, English instrument-maker Charles Wheatstone (1802–75), who patented it in 1829; cf. concertino, seraphina a similar instrument
Related formscon·cer·ti·nist, noun
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concertina

noun
  1. a small hexagonal musical instrument of the reed organ family in which metallic reeds are vibrated by air from a set of bellows operated by the player's hands. Notes are produced by pressing buttons
verb -nas, -naing or -naed
  1. (intr) to collapse or fold up like a concertina
Derived Formsconcertinist, noun

Word Origin

C19: concert + -ina
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Word Origin and History for concertina

n.

1835, from concert + fem. ending -ina. Portable musical instrument invented 1829 by Sir Charles Wheatstone. Concertina wire attested by 1917, so called from similarity to the musical instrument.

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