Pronunciation: (stu-kä'tō), [key]
—adj., adv., n., pl. -tos, -tiPronunciation: (-tē). [key]
1. shortened and detached when played or sung: staccato notes.
2. characterized by performance in which the notes are abruptly disconnected: a staccato style of playing. Cf. legato.
3. composed of or characterized by abruptly disconnected elements; disjointed: rapid-fire, staccato speech.
in a staccato manner.
1. performance in a staccato manner.
2. a staccato passage.
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