Anapaest
Anapaest An`a*p[ae]st, Anapaestic An`a*p[ae]s"tic Same as {Anapest}, {Anapestic}. [1913 Webster]

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  • Anapaest — An anapaest or anapest, also called antidactylus, is a metrical foot used in formal poetry. In classical quantitative meters it consists of two short syllables followed by a long one (as in a na paest); in accentual stress meters it consists of… …   Wikipedia

  • anapaest — /ˈænəpɛst/ (say anuhpest), / pist/ (say peest) noun a foot of three syllables, two short followed by one long (quantitative metre), or two unstressed followed by one stressed (accentual metre). Thus, at a time is an accentual anapaest. Also,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • anapaest — n. foot consisting of two short syllables followed by one long (Poetry) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • anapaest — [ anəpi:st, pɛst] (US anapest) noun Prosody a metrical foot consisting of two short or unstressed syllables followed by one long or stressed syllable. Derivatives anapaestic pi:stɪk, pɛstɪk adjective Origin C16: via L. from Gk anapaisto …   English new terms dictionary

  • anapaest — BrE, anapest AmE noun (C) technical part of a line of poetry consisting of two short sounds then one long one anapaestic adjective …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • anapaest — an·a·paest …   English syllables

  • anapaest —   n. metrical foot of two short syllables followed by one long syllable.    ♦ anapaestic, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • anapaest — n. (US anapest) Prosody a foot consisting of two short or unstressed syllables followed by one long or stressed syllable. Derivatives: anapaestic adj. Etymology: L anapaestus f. Gk anapaistos reversed (because the reverse of a dactyl) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Anapaestic — Anapaest An a*p[ae]st, Anapaestic An a*p[ae]s tic Same as {Anapest}, {Anapestic}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Spondee — In poetry, a spondee is a metrical foot consisting of two long syllables, as determined by syllable weight in classical meters, or two stressed syllables, as determined by stress in modern meters. This makes it somewhat unique in English verse as …   Wikipedia

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