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English definition of “staccato”

staccato

adjective, adverb     /stəˈkɑː.təʊ/ US  /-t̬oʊ/
describes musical notes that are short and separate when played, or this way of playing music: The music suddenly changed from a smooth melody to a staccato rhythm. She played the whole piece staccato to improve her technique.Technical music terms describes a noise or way of speaking that consists of a series of short and separate sounds: She gave staccato replies to every question.Describing qualities of sound
(Definition of staccato adjectiveadverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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