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1. composed of abrupt, distinct notes, sounds, or parts, as a musical passage or a burst of gunfire.
2. in music, cut short; played crisply, with a distinct break before the next note.
1: a staccato musical passage.
2: something composed of abrupt, distinct sounds or parts.
The staccato of hail on the tin roof.
in a staccato style or manner (used as a musical direction).