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staccato

adjective (a)

  • (music) marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds; cut short crisply (adj.all)
    Synonym: disconnected
    Antonym: legato, smooth
    Example:
    Staccato applause.
    A staccato command.
    Staccato notes.
    source: wordnet30
  • 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. (adjective)
    source: webster1913

adverb (r)

  • separating the notes; in music (adv.all)
    Antonym: legato
    Example:
    Play this staccato, please.
    source: wordnet30

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