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Meaning of ANAPEST

Pronunciation:  'anu`pest

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables

ANAPEST is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: anapaest
 See Also: foot, metrical foot, metrical unit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\An"a*pest\, n. [L. anapaestus, Gr. ? an anapest, i.e.,
a dactyl reserved, or, as it were, struck back; fr. ?; ? back
+ ? to strike.]
1. (Pros.) A metrical foot consisting of three syllables, the
   first two short, or unaccented, the last long, or accented
   ([crescent] [crescent] -); the reverse of the dactyl. In
   Latin d[e^]-[i^]-t[=a]s, and in English in-ter-vene", are
   examples of anapests.

2. A verse composed of such feet.

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