from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small instrument with bellows like an accordion but with buttons in place of keys.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A musical instrument invented by Professor Wheatstone, the principle of which is similar to that of the accordion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A small musical instrument on the principle of the accordion. It is a small elastic box, or bellows, having free reeds on the inside, and keys and handles on the outside of each of the two hexagonal heads.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun music A musical instrument, like the various accordions, that is a member of the free-reed family of musical instruments, typically having buttons on both ends.
  • noun Something resembling a concertina, such as a folded book, a bus door or a set of picture frames that are folded together.
  • noun A type of booklet label, consisting of up to 32 pages of booklet as an insert.
  • verb to become compressed into a shape reminiscent of a concertina
  • verb to be drawn closer and farther apart repeatedly, or up and down, as if situated on a working concertina's folds

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun coiled barbed wire used as an obstacle
  • noun free-reed instrument played like an accordion by pushing its ends together to force air through the reeds
  • verb collapse like a concertina


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[concert + Italian -ina, feminine diminutive suff.]


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  • US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906: The term concertina stood for the phrase "There is no competition" in the language of railroad telegraphers.

    January 21, 2013