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1. Music Cut short crisply; detached: staccato octaves.
2. Marked by or composed of abrupt, disconnected parts or sounds: staccato applause.
n. pl. stac·ca·tos or stac·ca·ti (-tē)
A staccato manner or sound.
[Italian, past participle of staccare, to detach, short for distaccare, from obsolete French destacher, from Old French destachier; see detach.]
1. (Classical Music) music (of notes) short, clipped, and separate
2. characterized by short abrupt sounds, as in speech: a staccato command.
(Classical Music) (esp used as a musical direction) in a staccato manner
[C18: from Italian, from staccare to detach, shortened from distaccare]
adj., adv., n., pl. -tos, -ti (-tē). adj.
a. shortened and detached when played or sung: staccato notes.
b. characterized by performance in which the notes are abruptly disconnected: a staccato style of playing. Compare legato.
2. composed of or characterized by abruptly disconnected elements; disjointed: rapid-fire, staccato speech.adv.
3. in a staccato manner.n.
4. something done or performed in a staccato manner.
[1715–25; < Italian: disconnected, past participle of staccare to detach]
sharp and separated, not flowing
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|Adj.||1.||staccato - (music) marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds; cut short crisply; "staccato applause"; "a staccato command"; "staccato notes"|
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
|Adv.||1.||staccato - separating the notes; in music; "play this staccato, please"|
legato - connecting the notes; in music; "play this legato, please"
1. adv → in staccato
2. adj → staccato/a; (sound) → scandito/a