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Friday, August 24, 2012

Definitions for concertina

  1. To fold, crush together, or collapse in the manner of a concertina: The car concertinaed when it hit the truck.
  2. To cause to fold or collapse in the manner of a concertina.
  3. A musical instrument resembling an accordion but having buttonlike keys, hexagonal bellows and ends, and a more limited range.

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Citations for concertina
Monk is so tall his knees seem to concertina against the dashboard. Michael Robotham, Shatter
As Henderson looked down at his hands, the folds of skin on his face seemed to concertina into a soft place for his chin to rest. Jacquelin Winspear, A Lesson in Secrets
Origin of concertina
A concertina was named by the inventor who made the instrument, Charles Wheatstone, in 1837. It was first used as a verb in the early 1900s.