from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
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- adjective music A musical notation to indicate that the note is strongly
accented, or hammered out, as to bowed string instruments and the piano.
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Borrowed from Italian martellato ("hammered"), from martellare ("to hammer, throb"), from martello ("hammer"), related to Latin martulus, marculus ("small hammer"), diminutive of marcus ("hammer").
The _martellato_, a _nuance_ of _spiccato_, should be played with a firm bowing at the point.