Concertina meaning

kŏn'sər-tē'nə
A small instrument with bellows like an accordion but with buttons in place of keys.
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A musical instrument similar to an accordion but smaller and with buttons instead of a keyboard.
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(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.
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Something resembling a concertina, such as a folded book, a bus door or a set of picture frames that are folded together.
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Coiled barbed wire for use as an obstacle.
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A type of booklet label, consisting of up to 32 pages of booklet as an insert.
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To become compressed into a shape reminiscent of a concertina.

The car concertinaed into the wall.

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To be drawn closer and farther apart repeatedly, or up and down, as if situated on a working concertina's folds.
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Origin of concertina

  • concert Italian -ina feminine diminutive suff.
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition