[kon-ser-tee-nuh] /ˌkɒn sərˈti nə/

a musical instrument resembling an accordion but having buttonlike keys, hexagonal bellows and ends, and a more limited range.
verb (used without object), concertinaed
[kon-ser-tee-nuh d] /ˌkɒn sərˈti nəd/ (Show IPA), concertinaing
[kon-ser-tee-nuh-ing] /ˌkɒn sərˈti nə ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to fold, crush together, or collapse in the manner of a concertina:
The car concertinaed when it hit the truck.
verb (used with object), concertinaed
[kon-ser-tee-nuh d] /ˌkɒn sərˈti nəd/ (Show IPA), concertinaing
[kon-ser-tee-nuh-ing] /ˌkɒn sərˈti nə ɪŋ/ (Show IPA)
to cause to fold or collapse in the manner of a concertina.
of, relating to, or resembling a concertina:
concertina pleats.
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, -naed
(intransitive) to collapse or fold up like a 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.


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