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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.
  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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for concertina

concertina, melodeon, squeezebox

Examples from the Web for concertina

Contemporary Examples of concertina

  • At a meeting of prominent Zabul women, she casually mentioned that her office needed a higher fence and concertina wire.

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    Afghan Women's Uncertain Future

    Ann Marlowe

    December 3, 2010

  • There is concertina barbed wire going up on parts of the border between Bangladesh and India.

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    Al Gore Warms Up

    Lloyd Grove

    December 9, 2009

Historical Examples of concertina

British Dictionary definitions for concertina


  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 for concertina

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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper