• WordNet 3.6
    • n accordion a portable box-shaped free-reed instrument; the reeds are made to vibrate by air from the bellows controlled by the player
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The designated instrument for the city of Detroit is the accordion
    • n Accordion (Mus) A small, portable, keyed wind instrument, whose tones are generated by play of the wind upon free metallic reeds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: At age 15, Jerry Garcia swapped his birthday accordion for an electric guitar.
    • n accordion A small keyed wind-instrument, opening and shutting like a bellows, and having its tones generated by the play of wind thus produced upon metallic reeds. It is constructed on the same principle as the concertina and the harmonium, but is much inferior to them.
    • accordion Resembling in its folds the bellows of an accordion: as, an accordion camera (one that is extensible), accordion skirts, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Accordion ak-kor′di-on 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.
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  • Robert Burchfield
    Robert Burchfield
    “The English language is rather like a monster accordion, stretchable at the whim of the editor, compressible ad lib.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Accord
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Accord.


In literature:

A few, whose hearts had been lifted up, got out an accordion and their books, and "went in for" hymns.
"The Lively Poll" by R.M. Ballantyne
A particular individual has no other ambition than to possess a good piano, while another is pleased with an accordion.
"The Conquest of Bread" by Peter Kropotkin
Inside the car Tom Randolph was playing an accordion, letting strange nostalgic little songs filter out amid the hard patter of the rain.
"One Man's Initiation--1917" by John Dos Passos
The Asiatic influx was a social accordion.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
Mr. Tucker, I believe it was, thought you used to play the accordion.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
It seemed to have been pleated and shoved together like an accordion.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
I'll be cook and bring along the accordion.
"Colonial Born" by G. Firth Scott
A poor old man with a battered accordion was making a pathetic noise on the cold pavement.
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
Gunner Oke had strapped an accordion on top of his knapsack.
"Merry-Garden and Other Stories" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Occasionally of an evening the wail of the snuffling accordion wavered out over the village.
"Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905" by Various

In poetry:

And all the evening by the lamp
I read some tale of crime,
Or play my old accordion
With Marie keeping time,
Until we hear the hour of ten
From out the steeple chime.
"The Legless Man" by Robert W Service
An Italian boy is sending songs to you to-night from an
A Polish boy is out with his best girl; they marry next
month; to-night they are throwing you kisses.
"Back Yard" by Carl Sandburg
When this full throat shall wattle fold on fold,
Like some ripe peach left drying on a wall,
Or like a spent accordion, when all
Its music has exhaled—will love grow cold?
"A Maiden To Her Mirror" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
He is drunk with Languor--soft accordion-sigh,
Delirious wine of Love in Idleness;
Longings for tears come welling up and die,
As slow or swift he feels their magical caress.
"The Louse-Hunters" by Aldous Huxley

In news:

The profound and lowly accordion keeps threatening to bust out in the open, to conquer its reputation as an esoteric and perhaps outmoded musical tool.
'America's Got Talent' recap: Accordion dog gets stage fright , young opera singer tops YouTube acts.
'America's Got Talent' recap: Accordion dog gets stage fright, young opera singer tops YouTube acts.
Dan Turpening's deep, wide devotion to the accordion.
I know it as that 3/4 polka time, up-tempo stuff with accordions, horns, y gritos.
"We decided to do 'Alejandro' because it rips" Dom says admiringly, adding that using the accordion came naturally.
Probably only the accordion equals the drum for the most played instrument in Minnesota.
The flattened grills, twisted bumpers and fenders compressed accordion-style render a frightening scene.
Lala Garza playes her Hohner accordion.
The pocket piano, toot-flute, blow accordion, wind piano, melodeon, melodyhorn, pianaca, and hooter all offend me not.
It does make one wonder, why is the banjo so often maligned, designated for the Catskills-Borscht Belt indignation suffered by fellow instruments like bagpipes, the accordion and the tuba.
AnnieBeth Mabry never had much interest in playing an instrument — that is until a man showed up at her school with an accordion.
Photograph by Mike Bowring We Have Ways of Making You Rock: The Belgrade-based Euroheroes in Kal wield not one but two accordions.
During the live broadcast we saw a viola, banjo, piano, organ, accordion, guitar, ukulele, cello, mandolin, percussion, and bass.
Ryan Melia, who plays the lead in "The Old Man and the Old Moon," Dan Weschler, who plays a variety of roles, the accordion, and was involved in composing the music and writing the script.

In science:

This has led us to a so-called optical accordion design, which is a descendant of the design of the ATLAS lead-liquid argon calorimeter , but uses tungsten as the absorber material and scintillating fibers as the active medium.
sPHENIX: An Upgrade Concept from the PHENIX Collaboration
Notably, the slowest stretching normal mode represents an accordion movement, with the whole WLR extending and shrinking concertedly.
Comments on "Length scale dependence of DNA mechanical properties"
In the first stage, the links are The straightening algorithm proceeds in two stages. squeezed like an accordion into the cylinders, so that after step i all the links of Pi+1 = P [0, i + 1] are packed into Ci+1 .
Locked and Unlocked Polygonal Chains in 3D
Fig. 13 – Energy resolution figures for the ATLAS Accordion calorimeter. Geant4 reproduces both the stochastic and the constant term quite accurately.
Status of the physics validation studies using Geant4 in ATLAS
Via K -theoretic classification results it can be established that a phantom CuntzKrieger algebra cannot have a so-called accordion space as its primitive ideal space.
Do phantom Cuntz-Krieger algebras exist?