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ˌkɒn sərˈti nəcon·certi·na

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. concertinanoun

    coiled barbed wire used as an obstacle

  2. concertinaverb

    free-reed instrument played like an accordion by pushing its ends together to force air through the reeds

  3. concertinaverb

    collapse like a concertina


  1. concertinanoun

    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.

  2. concertinanoun

    Something resembling a concertina, such as a folded book, a bus door or a set of picture frames that are folded together.

  3. concertinanoun

    Coiled barbed wire for use as an obstacle.

  4. concertinanoun

    A type of booklet label, consisting of up to 32 pages of booklet as an insert.

  5. concertinaverb

    to become compressed into a shape reminiscent of a concertina

    The car concertinaed into the wall.


  1. Concertina

    A concertina is a free-reed musical instrument, like the various accordions and the harmonica. It consists of expanding and contracting bellows, with buttons (or keys) usually on both ends, unlike accordion buttons, which are on the front. The concertina was developed independently in both England and Germany. The English version was invented in 1829 by Sir Charles Wheatstone, while Carl Friedrich Uhlig introduced the German version five years later, in 1834. Various forms of concertini are used for classical music, for the traditional musics of Ireland, England, and South Africa, and for tango and polka music.


  1. concertina

    A concertina is a musical instrument, similar to an accordion, that is compact and foldable, consisting of bellows expanded and contracted by buttons, producing different pitches. It was invented in the 19th century and often used in traditional, folk, and classical music. The term can also refer to a coiled barbed wire or a similar object resembling the musical instrument in shape.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Concertinanoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [From It. concerto a concert.]


  1. Concertina

    A concertina is a free-reed musical instrument, like the various accordions and the harmonica. It has a bellows, and buttons typically on both ends of it. When pressed, the buttons travel in the same direction as the bellows, unlike accordion buttons, which travel perpendicularly to the bellows. Also, each button produces one note, while accordions typically produce chords with a single button. The concertina was developed in England and Germany, most likely independently. The English version was invented in 1829 by Sir Charles Wheatstone, who filed a patent for an improved version in 1844. Carl Friedrich Uhlig announced the German version in 1834.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of concertina in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of concertina in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of concertina in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Leacock, 1912:

    Anybody who has listened to certain kinds of music, or read certain kinds of poetry, or heard certain kinds of performances on the concertina, will admit that even suicide has its brighter aspects.

  2. Javed Ahmad:

    I had to visit my parents there. Troops had blocked the road with concertina wire. They asked me to go back as there was curfew in the area.

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