- staccato [stə kät′ō]adj.[It, pp. of staccare, aphetic for distaccare, to detach < di(s)- (< L, DIS-) + Frank * stakka: see STICK]1. [also in italics] Musical Direction with distinct breaks between successive tones: usually indicated by a dot (staccato mark) placed over or under each note to be so produced: cf. LEGATO2. made up of abrupt, distinct elements or sounds [a staccato outburst of gunfire]adv.[also in italics] so as to be staccato; in a staccato mannern.pl. staccatossomething, as a speech pattern, that is staccato
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.