/ (ˈænəpɛst, -piːst) /
prosody a metrical foot of three syllables, the first two short, the last long (◡ ◡ –)
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Derived forms of anapaestanapaestic or anapestic, adjective
Word Origin for anapaest
C17: via Latin from Greek anapaistos reversed (that is, a dactyl reversed), from anapaiein, from ana- back + paiein to strike
Words nearby anapaest
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Example sentences from the Web for anapaest
"Home," by Margaret Mahon, is a poem in that rather popular modern measure which seems to waver betwixt the iambus and anapaest.Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922|Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Again, I should say, anapaestic—but this anapaest and amphibrach quarrel is ἄσπονδος.The Complete Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge|Samuel Taylor Coleridge