Disconnected; separated; distinct; -- a direction to perform the notes of a passage in a short, distinct, and pointed manner. It is opposed to legato, and often indicated by heavy accents written over or under the notes, or by dots when the performance is to be less distinct and emphatic.
- Music Cut short crisply; detached: staccato octaves.
- Marked by or composed of abrupt, disconnected parts or sounds: staccato applause.
- A staccato manner or sound.