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Definition of Staccato

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musical passage having distinct breaks between successive tones
detachedly, with distinct breaks between successive tones (Music)
detached, having distinct breaks between successive tones (Music)
Staccato Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(a.)
Expressed in a brief, pointed manner.
  
(a.)
Disconnected; separated; distinct; -- a direction to perform the notes of a passage in a short, distinct, and pointed manner. It is opposed to legato, and often indicated by heavy accents written over or under the notes, or by dots when the performance is to be less distinct and emphatic.
  
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staccato
\stac*ca"to\ (?), a. [it., p. p. of staccere, equivalent to distaccare. see detach.]
1. (mus.) disconnected; separated; distinct; -- a direction to perform the notes of a passage in a short, distinct, and pointed manner. it is opposed to legato, and often indicated by heavy accents written over or under the notes, or by dots when the performance is to be less distinct and emphatic.
2. expressed in a brief, pointed manner. staccato and peremptory [literary criticism]. eliot.
staccato
adj : marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds; (music) cut short crisply; "staccato applause"; "a staccato command"; "staccato notes" [syn: disconnected]
[ant: legato] adv : separating the notes; in music; "play this staccato, please" [ant: legato]


WordNet 2.0

Adjective
1. marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds; cut short crisply; "staccato applause"; "a staccato command"; "staccato notes"
(synonym) disconnected
(antonym) legato, smooth
(similar) abrupt, disconnected
(classification) music

Adverb
1. separating the notes; in music; "play this staccato, please"
(antonym) legato
Staccato Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Staccato (Italian for "detached") is a form of musical articulation. In modern notation it signifies a note of shortened duration, separated from the note that may follow by silence. It has been described by theorists and appeared in music since at least 1676.

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Staccato Definition from Entertainment & Music Dictionaries & Glossaries
Basic Music Glossary
played in a detached or separated manner, as opposed to legato