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staccato

adjective, adverb uk   /stəˈkɑː.təʊ/ us    /-t̬oʊ/
used to describe 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. used to describe a noise or way of speaking that consists of a series of short and separate sounds: She gave staccato replies to every question.
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