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staccato

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Definition in music, the separating notes by cutting them short and crisp

or:

sounds that are short and crisp
  • I love the music's staccato notes.
staccato = music:  separating notes by cutting them short and crisp
  • a staccato command
  • The man was walking with the staccato steps of someone carrying a load too heavy for him.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • staccato = short and distinct
  • A shot. And another. And another, rumbling, staccato. A man began to scream...
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • staccato = short and crisp sounds
  • He heard it again; then it was cut short by another noise, crisp, staccato.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • staccato = short and crisp (describing the relationship of sounds to one another)
  • He was intrigued by the power of words, not the literary words that filled the books in the library but the sharp, staccato words that went into the writing of news stories.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • staccato = sounds that are short and crisp
  • staccato applause
  • Ryan was still, except for scattered staccato jerking movements, like a freshly slaughtered pig.
    Ted Dekker  --  BoneMan's Daughters
  • With the most charming, cool precision in her staccato, a soprano warbled and trilled an aria from La Traviata.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • In staccato sentences the woman ordered the young boy to get out of the car.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • Then it began to build quickly, his voice rising until it was just a staccato list of words that he spit out, one right after another.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Annie's boot-heels rattled staccato down the hallwav.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • After a moment there's a series of little staccato pops, like a handful of pebbles rattling down a drainspout.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • I stood there and listened to the rapid, diminishing staccato of her heels on the marble of the corridor.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • Every now and then a staccato interjection from my grandmother.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • Staccato footsteps accompany his muttered threats and pleas.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • His crutches clicked out a rapid staccato as he hurried across the room.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • He laughed, a sharp staccato laugh.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • "Motive power?" the man was saying in a voice that had a brusque, staccato snap and a slurred, nasal drawl, together.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • Edgar spoke rapidly in his old staccato voice, like a radio reporter doing a series of punchy news items.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld

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