Spiccato meaning

spĭ-kätō
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A technique of bowing in which the bow is made to bounce slightly from the string.
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Of or employing spiccato.
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(musical direction) Played with the bow wrist relaxed so that the bow of the violin, viola, etc. rebounds rapidly between notes.
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(music) Detached; separated; with every note performed in a distinct and pointed manner.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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Origin of spiccato

  • Italian past participle of spiccare to separate s- from sfumato piccare to pierce, impale (from Vulgar Latin piccāre pick1)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Italian, past participle of spicare to detach, to separate.

    From Wiktionary