What does staccato mean?

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  1. (music) An articulation marking directing that a note or passage of notes are to be played in an abruptly disconnected manner, with each note sounding for a very short duration, and a short break lasting until the sounding of the next note; as opposed to legato. Staccato is indicated by a dot directly above or below the notehead.
  2. (music) A passage having this mark.
  1. (music) played in this style
  1. (music) Describing a passage having this mark.
  2. Made up of abruptly disconnected parts or sounds.
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