What does anapest mean?

anapest meaning in General Dictionary

A metrical base consisting of three syllables 1st two quick or unaccented the last lengthy or accented breve breve the reverse of dactyl In Latin debreve ibreve tamacrs as well as in English in ter vene are types of anapests

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  • a metrical product with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables
  • A metrical foot comprising three syllables, the first two short, or unaccented, the final long, or accented (/ / -); the reverse regarding the dactyl. In Latin d/-/-tas, plus in English in-ter-vene#, tend to be samples of anapests.
  • A verse consists of such legs.

anapest meaning in Etymology Dictionary

additionally anapaest, "two brief syllables followed by a lengthy one," 1670s, from Latin anapestus, from Greek anapaistos "hit right back, rebounding," verbal adjective from anapaiein "to hit right back," from ana- "back" (see ana-) + paiein "to hit," from PIE *pau- "to reduce, strike, stamp" (see pave). So named given that it reverses the dactyl.


anapest meaning in General Dictionary

(n.) A metrical base composed of three syllables, initial two brief, or unaccented, the final lengthy, or accented (/ / -); the opposite of the dactyl. In Latin d/-/-tas, plus English in-ter-vene#, tend to be examples of anapests.

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  • (letter.) A verse made up of such feet.