oxford views updated May 29 2018
stac·ca·to / stəˈkätō/ chiefly Mus. •
adv. & adj. with each sound or note sharply detached or separated from the others: [as adj.] a staccato rhythm. Compare with legato, marcato.•
n. (pl. -tos) performance in this manner. ∎ a noise or speech resembling a series of short, detached musical notes: her heels made a rapid staccato on the polished boards.
oxford views updated May 23 2018
Detached. Method of playing a note (shown by a dot over the note) so that it is shortened—and thus ‘detached’ from its successor—by being held for less than its full value. Superlative is staccatissimo
. For signs used to indicate degrees of staccato see diagram below.
oxford views updated May 18 2018
(mus.) with abrupt breaks between successive notes. XVIII. — It. staccato
, pp. of staccare
, aphetic of distaccare DETACH