staccato [stə kät′ō]
[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. LEGATO
2. made up of abrupt, distinct elements or sounds [a staccato outburst of gunfire]
[also in italics] so as to be staccato; in a staccato manner
pl. staccatos
something, as a speech pattern, that is staccato

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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