from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. A musical notation to indicate that the note is strongly accented, or hammered out, as to bowed string instruments and the piano.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music, struck with a sudden, emphatic blow: used of the tones of a melody or of successive chords that are intended to be markedly distinct and more or less staccato, especially in violin- and pianoforte-playing.
Borrowed from Italian martellato ("hammered"), from martellare ("to hammer, throb"), from martello ("hammer"), related to Latin martulus, marculus ("small hammer"), diminutive of marcus ("hammer"). (Wiktionary)