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Definitions for STACCATO
stəˈkɑ toʊstac·ca·to

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. staccato, disconnectedadverb

    (music) marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds; cut short crisply

    "staccato applause"; "a staccato command"; "staccato notes"

  2. staccatoadverb

    separating the notes; in music

    "play this staccato, please"


  1. staccatonoun

    An articulation marking directing that a note or passage of notes are to be played in an abruptly disconnected manner, with each note sounding for a very short duration, and a short break lasting until the sounding of the next note; as opposed to legato. Staccato is indicated by a dot directly above or below the notehead.

  2. staccatonoun

    A passage having this mark.

  3. staccatoadverb

    played in this style

    Now, play the same passage very staccato.

  4. staccatoadjective

    describing a passage having this mark

  5. staccatoadjective

    Made up of abruptly disconnected parts or sounds.

    He spoke with a deep staccato voice.


  1. Staccato

    Staccato ([stakˈkaːto]; 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 has appeared in music since at least 1676.


  1. staccato

    Staccato is a term used in music to denote a style of playing where each note is sharply detached or separated from the others. It is indicated by a dot above or below the note, instructing the musician to perform the note with a distinct break or silence following it. It provides a choppy, disjointed effect, making the notes appear shorter or more abrupt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Staccatoadjective

    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. Staccatoadjective

    expressed in a brief, pointed manner

  3. Etymology: [It., p. p. of staccare, equivalent to distaccare. See Detach.]


  1. Staccato

    Staccato 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 the 18th century.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Staccato

    stak-kä′to, adj. (mus.) with the notes to be played in an abrupt, disconnected manner—opp. to Legato: marked by abrupt emphasis: giving a clear distinct sound to each note.—adj. Staccatis′simo, as staccato as possible. [It., from staccare, for distaccare, to separate.]

Anagrams for STACCATO »

  1. toccatas

  2. stoccata

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of STACCATO in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of STACCATO in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of STACCATO in a Sentence

  1. Brenda Ueland:

    These people who are always briskly doing something and as busy as waltzing mice, they have little, sharp, staccato ideas, such as 'I see where I can make an annual cut of 3.47 in my meat budget.' But they have no slow, big ideas.

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