• WordNet 3.6
    • v concertina collapse like a concertina
    • n concertina free-reed instrument played like an accordion by pushing its ends together to force air through the reeds
    • n concertina coiled barbed wire used as an obstacle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Concertina 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n concertina A musical instrument invented by Professor Wheatstone, the principle of which is similar to that of the accordion. It is composed of a bellows, with two faces or ends, generally polygonal in shape, on which are placed the various stops or studs, by the action of which air is admitted to the free metallic reeds that produce the sounds.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Concertina (kon-ser-tē′na) a musical instrument consisting of a pair of bellows, usually polygonal, the sounds produced by free vibrating reeds of metal, as in the accordion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From It. concerto, a concert
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. concerter—It. concertāre, to sing in concert.


In literature:

I expected to see his neck shut up like a concertina.
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
They still had an hour before the brake was to start back, and it was then the concertinas came in useful.
"Liza of Lambeth" by W. Somerset Maugham
With thease few remarks, I call upon the first reader for a solo on the German concertina.
"Yorksher Puddin'" by John Hartley
He went home and out of the lining of an ancient concertina he produced thirty shillings, all the money he had in the world.
"The War After the War" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson
But usually he played on his concertina during his leisure moments which were plentiful.
"Police!!!" by Robert W. Chambers
He's brought that nice Mr. Brown with him that unpacks his things and plays on the concertina.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
Beneath the music one hears always the regular, insistent, maniacal breathing of a concertina.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
They were still busy singing to the concertina.
"The Valley of the Kings" by Marmaduke Pickthall
Some one went through the Square playing a concertina.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
He felt as though a piledriver had fallen on his head and propelled his vital organs together like a concertina.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
One of them had a banjo and another a concertina.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
The concertina sobbed and shrieked out its notes, and drowned a murmur of voices on the outside.
"That Girl Montana" by Marah Ellis Ryan
I'm out of the running when it comes to killing men with concertinas.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Harmonium and concertina reeds are of this type.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
This was what had happened to the Miguels and Serapios and the concertina.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
Dickie eyed the china vases and concertinas and teaspoons tied together in fan shape, and waited silently.
"Harding's luck" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
The minister, in person, visited the croft, and disabled the concertina with a hammer.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
Though I 'lows a concertina takes a beatin'.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
In a tremendous tent made by joining three or four ordinary tents together, a very lively fiddle and concertina were in full blast.
"Gold" by Stewart White
A man who picks up dollars on the beach can certainly afford a concertina.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson

In poetry:

There once was a happy Hyena
Who played on an old concertina.
He dressed very well,
And in his lapel
He carelessly stuck a verbena.
"The Happy Hyena" by Carolyn Wells
Slushy's a Dutchman, he's a crackerjack at music,
He can play the ocarina,
And the German concertina,
But the sort of grub he dishes out 'ud make a kangaroo sick.
"Cook" by Cicely Fox Smith
STRIKE the concertina's melancholy string!
Blow the spirit-stirring harp like anything!
Let the piano's martial blast
Rouse the Echoes of the Past,
"The Story of Prince Agib" by William Schwenck Gilbert
You can hear the gulls crying, and the cheerful noise
Of a concertina going, and a singer's voice —
And the wind's song and the tide's song, crooning soft and low
Rum old tunes in sailor town that seamen know.
"Sailor Town" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Back to The HooK front page NEWS- Concertina coda .
Today, while he has both of his former concertinas , he also has a new Hengel.
The partition of the subcontinent into India and Pakistan, an enduring symbol of longing and loss, is being enshrined here in concertina wire.
Kochanski's Concertina Bar: Parts 1 and 2/Make Milwaukee 2012 Week 2 and 3.
Kochanski's Concertina Bar: Parts 1 and 2/Make Milwaukee 2012 Week 2 and 3.
For many, the word tango conjures full-contact dance and music on the accordion — actually a bandoneón, or German concertina — that's equal parts sultriness and late-night despair.