- a musical instrument resembling an accordion but having buttonlike keys, hexagonal bellows and ends, and a more limited range.
- concertina wire.
- to fold, crush together, or collapse in the manner of a concertina: The car concertinaed when it hit the truck.
- to cause to fold or collapse in the manner of a concertina.
- 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
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At a meeting of prominent Zabul women, she casually mentioned that her office needed a higher fence and concertina wire.Afghan Women's Uncertain Future
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There is concertina barbed wire going up on parts of the border between Bangladesh and India.Al Gore Warms Up
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It was Uncle Ben who played the concertina at the door of his hut in the evening.Roden's Corner
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The whole thing's like a concertina, and some one jigging it!The Eldest Son (Second Series Plays)
A youth plays the concertina; there is laughter, then an abrupt silence.The Mob (Third Series Plays)
He thinks he'll just swap one of them overcoats for a concertina.Colonel Crockett's Co-operative Christmas
When the man with the concertina came into the light and I saw him clearly I started.Novel Notes
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- 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
- (intr) to collapse or fold up like a concertina
C19: concert + -ina
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Word Origin and History for concertina
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