definition of legati by The Free Dictionary


 (lĭ-gä′tō) Music

adv. & adj. Abbr. leg.

In a smooth, even style without any noticeable break between the notes. Used chiefly as a direction.

n. pl. le·ga·tos

A legato passage or movement.

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(lɪˈɡɑːtəʊ) music

adj, adv

(Music, other) to be performed smoothly and connectedly

n, pl -tos

(Music, other)

a. a style of playing in which no perceptible gaps are left between notes

b. (as modifier): a legato passage.

[C19: from Italian, literally: bound]

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(ləˈgɑ toʊ)

adj., adv. Music.

smooth and connected; without breaks between the successive tones. Compare staccato.
[1805–15; legare to bind, tie ligāre; compare league1]

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