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staccato (adj.)

1724, from Italian staccato, literally "detached, disconnected," past participle of staccare "to detach," shortened form of distaccare "separate, detach," from French destacher, from Old French destachier "to detach" (see detach). As an adverb from 1844. Related: Staccatissimo.

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Definitions of staccato from WordNet
1
staccato (adv.)
separating the notes; in music;
play this staccato, please
2
staccato (adj.)
(music) marked by or composed of disconnected parts or sounds; cut short crisply;
staccato applause
staccato notes
a staccato command
Synonyms: disconnected
From wordnet.princeton.edu