The Alternative English Dictionary: accordion

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accordion {{wikipedia}} etymology First attested in 1831. From German Akkordeon, from Akkord, from French accord, from Old French acorder, based on Italian accordare. See also accord. pronunciation
  • (RP) /əˈkɔ(ɹ).di.ˌən/
  • (US) /ə.ˈkɔɹ.di.ən/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A small, portable, keyed wind instrument, whose tone are generated by play of the wind from a squeezed bellows upon free metallic reed.
    • 1869, , Innocents Abroad: A disreputable accordion that had a leak somewhere and breathed louder than it squawked.
    • , Devil’s Dictionary: Accordion: an instrument in harmony with the sentiments of an assassin.
    • 1922, , Ulysses: An accordion underskirt of blue silk moirette.
Synonyms: squeezebox
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, intransitive) To fold up, in the manner of an accordion
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    • 2005, Cory Doctorow, Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, , , , “It accordioned down and he tugged the shirt around it so that it came free…. ”

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