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staccato

/stac·ca·to/ (stah-kah´to) delivered in quick, jerky bursts.
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Gervais laughed softly with a hissing chuckle, and Speranski in a high-pitched staccato manner.
As they arose the girl's revolver spoke in sharp staccato and one sank back to the deck again to rise no more.
Instantly the soundless waste was torn with the quick staccato of guns upon every hand.
A little staccato cry of pain; a cry which seemed to spring into life from a tortured heart, broke from her lips.
Electric lights, a shed-covered wharf, mountains of luggage and freight, the noisy toil of 'longshoremen and sailors, the staccato snorts of donkey engines and the whining sheaves as running lines ran through the blocks, a crowd of white-coated stewards carrying hand-baggage, the quartermaster at the gangway foot, the gangway sloping steeply up to the Umatilla's promenade deck, more quartermasters and gold-laced ship's officers at the head of the gangway, and more crowd and confusion blocking the narrow deck-- thus Michael knew, beyond all peradventure, that he had come back to the sea and its ships, where he had first met Steward, where he had been always with Steward, save for the recent nightmare period in the great city.
Through the closed doors came the sounds of the discreet staccato accompaniment of the orchestra, and a single female voice rendering distinctly a musical phrase.
The tumultuous noise resolved itself now into the disorderly mingling of many voices, the gride of many wheels, the creaking of waggons, and the staccato of hoofs.