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[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),
[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),
[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.
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
Related forms
concertinist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for concertina
  • In the middle, a chain-link fence topped with concertina wire surrounds a series of khaki tents.
  • Tango dancers take their steps, accompanied by a musician with a concertina.
  • The equatorial sun blazed directly overhead, cutting shadows as sharp as concertina wire.
  • Hundreds of these demonstrators pressed right up to the concertina wire.
  • The fence was topped with concertina wire, harshly lit, and backed by watchtowers every few hundred yards.
  • Detours have closed several through streets, and coils of concertina wire now line the margins of the property.
  • It had a triple-strength circle concertina barrier with tents in the middle with another triple-strength concertina perimeter.
  • For me personally, of course, it was the arrival of my new concertina.
  • They pour concrete, roll out concertina wire, build infrastructure.
  • There is a so-called musical instrument which is variously known as the accordion, the concertina, or the harmonica.
British Dictionary definitions for concertina


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
Derived Forms
concertinist, noun
Word Origin
C19: concert + -ina
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Word Origin and History for 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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