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(music) marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds; cut short crisply
"staccato applause"; "a staccato command"; "staccato notes"
separating the notes; in music
"play this staccato, please"
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.
A passage having this mark.
played in this style
Now, play the same passage very staccato.
describing a passage having this mark
Made up of abruptly disconnected parts or sounds.
He spoke with a deep staccato voice.
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.
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
expressed in a brief, pointed manner
Etymology: [It., p. p. of staccare, equivalent to distaccare. See Detach.]
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
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.]
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The numerical value of staccato in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of staccato in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of staccato in a Sentence
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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