- accordeon (dated)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈkɔ(ɹ).di.ˌən/
- (US) IPA(key): /ə.ˈkɔɹ.di.ən/
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- Hyphenation: ac‧cord‧i‧on
accordion (plural accordions)
- A small, portable, keyed wind instrument, whose tones are generated by play of the wind from a squeezed bellows upon free metallic reeds.
- 1869, Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad:
- A disreputable accordion that had a leak somewhere and breathed louder than it squawked.
- 1911, Ambrose Bierce, Devil’s Dictionary:
- Accordion: an instrument in harmony with the sentiments of an assassin.
- 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
- An accordion underskirt of blue silk moirette.
- (graphical user interface) A vertical list of items that can be individually expanded and collapsed to reveal their contents.
- → Irish: acordán
A small, portable, keyed wind instrument
- (transitive, intransitive) To fold up, in the manner of an accordion
- 2000 December 29, Charles Dickinson, “Qi”, in Chicago Reader:
- Still in reverse, she goosed the gas and accordioned the running board a fraction of an inch more.