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staccato

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj staccato (music) marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds; cut short crisply "staccato applause","a staccato command","staccato notes"
    • adv staccato separating the notes; in music "play this staccato, please"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Staccato (Mus) Disconnected; separated; distinct; -- a direction to perform the notes of a passage in a short, distinct, and pointed manner. It is opposed to legato, and often indicated by heavy accents written over or under the notes, or by dots when the performance is to be less distinct and emphatic.
    • Staccato Expressed in a brief, pointed manner. "Staccato and peremptory [literary criticism]."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • staccato In music, detached; disconnected; abrupt; separated from one another by slight pauses: used both of single tones in a melody and of chords: opposed to legato. Three grades of staccato are sometimes recognized—the slightest being marked by dots over or under the notes with a sweeping curve, the next by dots without the curve, and the greatest by pointed strokes instead of dots . In each case something is subtracted from the duration of each note, and given to a rest or silence. On keyboard-instruments like the pianoforte and organ, a staccato effect is produced by a variation of the usual touch in the action either of the fingers, of the wrist, or of the forearm; in bow-instruments like the violin, by an abrupt detached motion of the bow, or by a springing bow; in wind-instruments, by stopping the mouthpiece with the tongue (sometimes called tonguing); and in the voice, either by a detached action of the breath or by a closing of the glottis. The word is also used sometimes to note an abrupt emphatic style of speaking or writing.
    • n staccato In music, the act, process, or result of singing or playing on an instrument in a staccato manner.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Staccato stak-kä′to (mus.) with the notes to be played in an abrupt, disconnected manner—opp. to Legato: marked by abrupt emphasis: giving a clear distinct sound to each note
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., p. p. of staccare, equivalent to distaccare,. See Detach
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It., from staccare, for distaccare, to separate.

Usage

In literature:

He paused abruptly in his calculations at the staccato bark of a high-powered motor.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
In rapid octave and staccato passages the hand touch is largely used.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
There was no longer the rattle of the wagon coming down the trail, the sharp staccato of pounding hoofs.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
Madame Simone gave her orders in a few sharp staccato French sentences.
"The Dust Flower" by Basil King
The Martian relaxed, turned to the Mercurian from whom the sound had come and replied with staccato vibrance.
"The Great Dome on Mercury" by Arthur Leo Zagat
As they arose the girl's revolver spoke in sharp staccato and one sank back to the deck again to rise no more.
"The Gods of Mars" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
His passenger's voice rose to a sharp staccato.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
That sudden, staccato chuckle was almost startling coming from his pale lips.
"Once to Every Man" by Larry Evans
The steady throbbing of the engines grew suddenly to a low staccato roar.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
The ticking of the clock and the snapping of the fire mingled in a staccato duet.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
Once he gave a command in the staccato fashion of a terrified man.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
There was a sharp burst of flame, a staccato bark.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
Irony grew in her smile, a staccato crispness in her utterance.
"Tante" by Anne Douglas Sedgwick
She spoke to the savage in sharp, staccato phrases, but Garry got no meaning from the words.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
The voice over the telephone came in brisk staccato sentences.
"The Boy Scout and Other Stories for Boys" by Richard Harding Davis
Scores of staccato war-whoops reminded us that the Boche gunners wanted our scalp.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
If Nan was in a mood to unveil her dear mind, he wanted her voice to rush on and on in that sweet staccato.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
He gave his companions the story in staccato sentences.
"Brood of the Dark Moon" by Charles Willard Diffin
It gives my feet a staccato movement to think of it.
"Seeds of Pine" by Janey Canuck
At the same instant, a brisk, staccato gust of wind came whirling up out of the night across the ridge.
"The Thing in the Attic" by James Benjamin Blish
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In poetry:

Two tongues from the depths,
Alike only as a yellow cat and a green parrot are alike,
Fling their staccato tantalizations
Into a wildcat jabber
Over a gossamer web of unanswerables.
"Jabberers" by Carl Sandburg
Staccato, hurried, nervous, brisk,
Cascading, intermittent, choppy,
The brittle voice of Mrs. Fiske
Shall serve me now as copy.
Assist me, O my Muse, what time
I pen a bit of Deathless Rhyme!
"Footlight Motifs" by Franklin Pierce Adams

In news:

DiFranco's staccato guitar carries her live-and-let-live spirit, anti-corporate messages, and feminist ideals.
Locus magazine columnist Bisson pays homage to the beat poets as he embraces the social atmosphere of the late '60s and early '70s in staccato, pared-down prose that suits the novel's coming-of-age narrative.
Mix hip-hop vocals and elements of punk with wailing saxophones, blaring trumpets, staccato trombones, pounding drums and the low bellow of a lone sousaphone, and you'll get an idea of what their sonic frenzy sounds like.
And the staccato "End," Sundown 's first song, sounds like a new beginning.
" Half-Blood Blues" captures end of jazz age in 1930s Germany in characters' staccato slang.
Some are written in a terse, broken staccato.
For the better part of six decades, Paul Harvey spun tales on the radio in his staccato baritone, entertaining up to 24 million listeners a day with folksy vignettes ending in unexpected twists.
For one thing, he speaks in an intense staccato punctuated with words like peristaltic and epiphetic.
Those staccato monosyllables still evoke within me a mixture of dread and delight, nearly twenty-five years on.
The Russian composer (1906-1975) often converted the piano into a percussion instrument, using its upper register like an xylophone, shooting out sharp staccatos.
Listen to Michael Young talk for a little while, in his rapid staccato bursts, and you would be forgiven for thinking he leaves a little something to be desired in the "heart" department—and I'm not talking about bypasses or stents.
Alexza Pharmaceuticals' Staccato ® Technology Receives Frost & Sullivan Enabling Technology Award.
All that could be heard was the phone's musical ring tone and the audience's staccato breathing.
Alexza Pharmaceuticals' Staccato® Technology Receives Frost & Sullivan Enabling Technology Award.
If you've ever noticed the initials "MNK" displayed next to a high score on pinball machines around town, that's Scott McKinnon, also known as Mink Staccato, who was a talented regular at Ground Kontrol.
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In science:

Another aspect of dynamics is associated with the execution of events in a given music piece, either stylistic (“staccato”, “legato”, etc.) or functional (relative velocity).
Music in Terms of Science
Staccato, marked as musical articulation, is often referred to as “separated” or “detached” rather than having a defined, or numbered amount by which the separation or detachment is to take place.
Music in Terms of Science
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