Le*ga"to (?), 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.
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