Cantonese, with its individual characters, also forces rappers to adopt a staccato lyricism.
Discussion followed; not flamboyant and declamatory, but tense, staccato, pointed.
I dashed into my room but Meg's staccato reached me even there.
After the long rumble of heaving earth had been stilled there was just time enough to hear the staccato of a German machine-gun.
The ticking of the clock and the snapping of the fire mingled in a staccato duet.
The Exposition ends in E minor, in measure 122, after a series of forte, staccato chords.
His intention had been, once more, to make a note "staccato," and he had been misunderstood.
Then came an answering series of staccato taps, soft yet clear.
She stood still on the sidewalk, exploding into tiny, staccato sentences.
He waited till the staccato breaths had subsided, then took her by the shoulders and swung her round.
1724, from Italian staccato, literally "detached, disconnected," from past participle of staccare "to detach," shortened form of distaccare "separate, detach," from Middle French destacher, from Old French destachier "to detach" (see detach).
A direction in music meaning that the notes should be performed in an abrupt, sharp, clear-cut manner.
Note: The term staccato has been applied generally to things that occur in rapid bursts, such as gunfire.