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legato


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Legato  \Le*ga"to\  (l[asl]*g[aum]"t[-o]),  a.  [It.,  tied,  joined, 
  fr  legare  to  tie,  bind,  L.  ligare.]  (Mus.) 
  Connected;  tied;  --  a  term  used  when  successive  tones  are  to 
  be  produced  in  a  closely  connected,  smoothly  gliding  manner. 
  It  is  often  indicated  by  a  tie,  thus  ?,  ?,  or  ?,  ?,  written 
  over  or  under  the  notes  to  be  so  performed;  --  opposed  to 
  {staccato}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  legato 
  adj  :  (music)  without  breaks  between  notes;  smooth  and  connected; 
  "a  legato  passage"  [syn:  {smooth}]  [ant:  {staccato}] 
  adv  :  connecting  the  notes;  in  music;  "play  this  legato,  please" 
  [ant:  {staccato}] 




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