|1.||music (of notes) short, clipped, and separate|
|2.||characterized by short abrupt sounds, as in speech: a staccato command|
|3.||(esp used as a musical direction) in a staccato manner|
|[C18: from Italian, from staccare to detach, shortened from distaccare]|
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.