- Also called piano accordion. a portable wind instrument having a large bellows for forcing air through small metal reeds, a keyboard for the right hand, and buttons for sounding single bass notes or chords for the left hand.
- a similar instrument having single-note buttons instead of a keyboard.
- having a fold or folds like the bellows of an accordion: accordion roof; accordion panel.
- (of a door, roof, or other covering) to open by folding back or pressing together in the manner of an accordion: The roof of the car accordions to let in sunlight and fresh air.
- to fold, crush together, or collapse in the manner of an accordion.
- to demolish by crushing together lengthwise: The impact accordioned the car beneath the truck.
Origin of accordion
Examples from the Web for accordion
He had skinny legs and bloated ribs fanning from his torso like an accordion strapped to his chest.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’
April 8, 2014
The questions presented by the lower folds in the accordion are economic and social.
We live in an accordion economy, as I'm not the first to say.
A straight-faced clown in severe white makeup begins picking out a tune on an accordion as more people trickle in to watch.
Papino, the white clown, reappears, now without his accordion.
With that, the unknown displayed an accordion which was slung across his chest.
Was not his accordion there to show that he possessed a regular means of livelihood?
Ye can't foller a fiddle an' sing, ye got to hev a melodeon or accordion.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
The Italian slipped his hands from the accordion and laid it aside.
Gunner Oke had strapped an accordion on top of his knapsack.Merry-Garden and Other Stories
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
- a portable box-shaped instrument of the reed organ family, consisting of metallic reeds that are made to vibrate by air from a set of bellows controlled by the player's hands. Notes are produced by means of studlike keys
- short for piano accordion
Word Origin and History for accordion
1831, from German Akkordion, from Akkord "musical chord, concord of sounds, be in tune" (cf. Italian accordare "to attune an instrument"); ultimately from same source as English accord (v.), with suffix on analogy of clarion, etc. Invented 1829 by piano-maker Cyrill Demian (1772-1847) of Vienna.