[ an-uh-kroo-sis ]
/ ˌæn əˈkru sɪs /
noun, plural an·a·cru·ses [an-uh-kroo-seez] /ˌæn əˈkru siz/.
Prosody. an unstressed syllable or syllable group that begins a line of verse but is not counted as part of the first foot.
Music. the note or notes preceding a downbeat; upbeat.
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Origin of anacrusis
OTHER WORDS FROM anacrusisan·a·crus·tic [an-uh-kruhs-tik] /ˌæn əˈkrʌs tɪk/, adjectivean·a·crus·ti·cal·ly, adverb
Words nearby anacrusis
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British Dictionary definitions for anacrustic
/ (ˌænəˈkruːsɪs) /
noun plural -ses (-siːz)
prosody one or more unstressed syllables at the beginning of a line of verse
- an unstressed note or group of notes immediately preceding the strong first beat of the first bar
- another word for upbeat
Derived forms of anacrusisanacrustic (ˌænəˈkrʌstɪk), adjective
Word Origin for anacrusis
C19: from Greek anakrousis prelude, from anakrouein to strike up, from ana- + krouein to strike
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