What does accordion mean?

Definitions for accordion
əˈkɔr di ənac·cor·dion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. accordion, piano accordion, squeeze box(noun)

    a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument; the reeds are made to vibrate by air from the bellows controlled by the player

Wiktionary

  1. accordion(Noun)

    A small, portable, keyed wind instrument, whose tones are generated by play of the wind from a squeezed bellows upon free metallic reeds.

    Etymology: * First attested in 1831.

  2. accordion(Verb)

    To fold up, in the manner of an accordion

    Etymology: * First attested in 1831.

  3. accordion(Adjective)

    Pleated, or folded like a bellows from an accordion.

    Etymology: * First attested in 1831.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accordion(noun)

    a small, portable, keyed wind instrument, whose tones are generated by play of the wind upon free metallic reeds

    Etymology: [See Accord.]

Freebase

  1. Accordion

    Accordions are a family of box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone type, sometimes colloquially referred to as a squeezebox. A person who plays the accordion is called an accordionist. The instrument is played by compressing or expanding the bellows while pressing buttons or keys, causing valves, called pallets, to open, which allow air to flow across strips of brass or steel, called reeds, that vibrate to produce sound inside the body. The performer normally plays the melody on buttons or keys on the right-hand manual, and the accompaniment, consisting of bass and pre-set chord buttons, on the left-hand manual. The accordion -which is mainly manufactured in Italy -is often used in folk music in Europe, North America and South America, and in some countries, such as Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, it is also commonly used in mainstream pop music. In Europe and North-America, it is often associated with busking. Some popular music acts also make use of the instrument. Additionally, the accordion is sometimes used in both solo and orchestra performances of classical music. The oldest name for this group of instruments is actually harmonika, from the Greek harmonikos, meaning harmonic, musical. Today, native versions of the name accordion are more common. These names are a reference to the type of accordion patented by Cyrill Demian, which concerned "automatically coupled chords on the bass side".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Accordion

    ak-kor′di-on, n. a portable musical instrument consisting of a hand-bellows, with keyboard on one side, the keys resting on free metal reeds so arranged that each sounds two notes, one in expanding, the other in contracting the bellows. [From Accord.]

How to pronounce accordion?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Veena
    Indian

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of accordion in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of accordion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of accordion in a Sentence

  1. Robertson Davies:

    Comparatively few people know what a million dollars actually is. To the majority it is a gaseous concept, swelling or decreasing as the occasion suggests. In the minds of politicians, perhaps more than anywhere, the notion of a million dollars has this accordion-like ability to expand or contract; if they are disposing of it, the million is a pleasing sum, reflecting warmly upon themselves; if somebody else wants it, it becomes a figure of inordinate size, not to be compassed by the rational mind.

  2. Zachary Lippman:

    When you mutate the gene, it basically shrinks the plant like an accordion so you can make it much more compact.

  3. Stephen Wheeles:

    The spirit of the law is that since many people drive well above the speed limit, it creates an ‘accordion effect’ as traffic starts backing up behind the slower vehicle, this is where many of our crashes occur on the interstates.It’s all in the name of safety.

  4. Unknown:

    A gentleman is a man who can play the accordion but doesn't.

  5. President Barack Obama:

    He was playing 'Do the Hustle' - on an accordion. She said she found this 'sexy and brave.' I mean, the brave part I understand.

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