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staccato
used in Atlas Shrugged

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

or:

sounds that are short and crisp
  • "Motive power?" the man was saying in a voice that had a brusque, staccato snap and a slurred, nasal drawl, together.
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (43% in)
  • Dr. Ferris leaned toward Dr. Stadler-through the staccato hoof beats of the announcer's voice galloping across the continent with a description of the new invention-and said in the tone of a casual remark, "It is vitally important that there be no criticism of the Project in the country at this precarious time," then added semi-accidentally, as a semi-joke, "that there be no criticism of anything at any time."
    3.3 Part 3 Chapter 3 — Anti-Greed (23% in)
  • "It was an accident," said a young man with a staccato voice and an odor of public payroll.
    3.5 Part 3 Chapter 5 — Their Brothers' Keepers (30% in)
  • After a moment, he spoke up in a staccato voice.
    3.8 Part 3 Chapter 8 — The Egoist (80% in)

There are no more uses of "staccato" in Atlas Shrugged.

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