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an·a·pestalso an·a·paest (ăn′ə-pĕst′)
1. A metrical foot composed of two unaccented syllables followed by one accented one, as in the word seventeen.
2. A metrical foot in quantitative verse composed of two short syllables followed by one long one.
[Latin anapaestus, from Greek anapaistos : ana-, ana- + paiein, pais-, to strike (so called because an anapest is a reversed dactyl); see pau- in Indo-European roots.]
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or an•a•paest(ˈæn əˌpɛst)
a trisyllabic metrical foot whose syllables are short, short, long in quantitative meter and unstressed, unstressed, stressed in accentual meter.
[1580–90; < Latin anapaestus < Greek anápaistos struck back, reversed (as compared with a dactyl)]
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a foot of three syllables, the first two short or unstressed, the third long or stressed. — anapestic, adj.See also: Verse
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A metrical foot with three syllables, two unstressed and one stressed.
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