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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj legato (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected "a legato passage"
    • adv legato connecting the notes; in music "play this legato, please"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Legato (Mus) Connected; tied; -- a term used when successive tones are to be produced in a closely connected, smoothly gliding manner. It is often indicated by a tie, written over or under the notes to be so performed; -- opposed to staccato.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • legato In music, in a smooth, connected manner, without breaks or pauses between successive tones: opposed to staccato. It is usually indicated by the word itself (or its abbreviation leg.), by a sweeping curve, or above or below the notes to be performed without break, or (for single notes and chords in the midst of staccato passages) by the mark or above or below.
    • n legato A smooth, connected manner of performance, or a passage so performed. In singing and on wind-instruments a strict legato is produced only when more tones than one are made continuously by a single breath; on instruments with a keyboard, like the organ and the pianoforte, it is produced by holding each key until just as the next is struck; on bowed instruments it is produced by a continuous motion of the bow, either up or down.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Legato lā-gä′to (mus.) in a smooth manner, the notes being played as if bound together
    • n Legato a smooth manner of performance, or a tune so played
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., tied, joined, fr. legare, to tie, bind, L. ligare,


In literature:

Deep in his furry throat a succession of legato growls were born.
"His Dog" by Albert Payson Terhune
Legato che era qua, sebbene sua Excellentia tastandolo sopra cio gli ne abbia facto offerta.
"The Life of Cesare Borgia" by Raphael Sabatini
He taught the scales staccato and legato beginning with E major.
"Chopin: The Man and His Music" by James Huneker
Sing this exercise first semi staccato, afterwards legato.
"The Renaissance of the Vocal Art" by Edmund Myer
To listen to some of the dramatic roles of to-day, one would think that smooth legato singing was a lost art.
"Vocal Mastery" by Harriette Brower
Absolute accuracy of intonation and a singing legato is the result.
"Violin Mastery" by Frederick H. Martens
When single fingers can make accurate up and down movements, we can put two fingers together and acquire a perfect legato.
"Piano Mastery" by Harriette Brower
Frumentum equorum parvorum, domine bone, ad legatos claros.
"Latin for Beginners" by Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge
In it he directs scholars how to avoid a harsh tone, and how to form a legato style.
"For Every Music Lover" by Aubertine Woodward Moore
A pure legato and sostenuto.
"The Head Voice and Other Problems" by D. A. Clippinger
The staccato sign seems not to have appeared until about the time of Bach, the legato sign being also invented at about the same time.
"Music Notation and Terminology" by Karl W. Gehrkens
Legato che era qua, sebbene S. Extia tastandolo sopra cio gli ne habia facto offerta.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
The first variation has the melody in the tenor, unchanged excepting to make it legato.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
The sensation in legato playing is that of pulling back rather than striking the keys.
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
The basis of all fine singing, whether in the opera house or on the concert stage, is a good legato.
"Great Singers on the Art of Singing" by James Francis Cooke
Remember, mein Kind, not to hurry ze time in ze legato passage, and to wait in ze allegretto till ze 'cello begin.
"The Girls of St. Cyprian's" by Angela Brazil
As the playing of passages in single notes requires a close single legato, to do double thirds requires an equally close double legato.
"Piano Playing" by Josef Hofmann

In poetry:

"Fui condotto all'aperto.--
Un frate colla stola
"Negra mi passo` accanto.
Lo seguivan dei ceffi
"Da ribaldi, che feano--orribili sberleffi
"A un meschin che legato--ne veniva con loro.
"Mastro Spaghi" by Ferdinando Fontana

In news:

Earlier this week I told you about the new ice cream joint Legato Gelato (we like saying that — it just rolls off the tongue).
The idea behind this lick is to be able to move all around the neck while using your right middle finger to fret notes, creating longer legato lines and providing huge coverage on the neck.
A Little Wide "Alien Legato " Action.
How to Build Super-Human Legato Chops.
Loud & Proud: Creating Alien Guitar Sounds by Combining Wide Stretches with Legato Techniques.
Restaurant openings Legato Gelato Brings Made-From-Scratch Ice Cream Flavors to Edgehill Village.
VFX supervisor Rob Legato details 'Hugo' Michael Goldman.
LAS VEGAS — SMPTE ( ) announced that Oscar, Emmy, and BAFTA award winner Rob Legato will speak at DCS 2011 at NAB DCS is co-produced by SMPTE and NAB.
Donald Weber/Scott Legato, Getty Images.
Paul Ryan Says 'Florida is Everything,' Adopts Romney Habit of Age Guessing (Photo Credit: Scott Legato/Getty Images).
Richie Kotzen Talks About Developing His Legato Technique.
Create Longer Legato Lines by Fretting With Your Right Hand .
As a specialist in gender- specific medicine, Dr Marianne Legato believes that looking at health issues through a gender- specific lens offers unique insights and new methods of research.
Our expert doctor Marianne Legato answers.
The Oscar went to Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman and Alex Henning.

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
Legato, on the other hand, means “smooth”, “connected”.
Music in Terms of Science
Notiamo allora che ogni qual volta applichiamo certi metodi otteniamo un tempo legato a dα/dE, ed uno legato a d ln T /dE .
Tempi di Tunnelling (Tunneling Times)
Andrebbe poi spiegato come tale tempo possa essere legato alle transizioni di livello, sia nel caso di B¨uttiker-Landauer, sia nel caso degli spin.
Tempi di Tunnelling (Tunneling Times)