a foot of three syllables, two short followed by one long in quantitative meter, and two unstressed followed by one stressed in accentual meter, as in for the nonce.
- an·a·pes·tic, an·a·paes·tic, adjective
- an·a·pes·ti·cal·ly, an·a·paes·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use anapest in a sentence
Virgilius Mars wrote in hexameters; Horatius Flaccus in alcaic, sapphic, and anapestic verse.The Green Book | Mr Jkai
In like manner we have anapestic lines of all lengths from monometer to hexameter.Elementary Guide to Literary Criticism | F. V. N. Painter
Anapestic verse consists of a regular recurrence of two unstressed syllables preceding a stressed syllable, — — /.Legends, Tales and Poems | Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
There is evident a tendency toward the rising verse and the anapestic foot.The Translations of Beowulf | Chauncey Brewster Tinker
Here we have a hexameter which is neither iambic nor anapestic, but a combination of the two rhythms.English Verse | Raymond MacDonald Alden, Ph.D.