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Definition of the noun Anapæst

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  1. See prosody.
  2. A reversed dactyl; a metrical foot comprising, in order, two short syllables and then one long syllable.
  3. An anapæstic verse.


Anapæst a.k.a. Anapaest: An anapaest is a metrical foot used in formal poetry. In classical quantitative meters it consists of two short syllables followed by a long one; in accentual stress meters it consists of two unstressed syllables followed by one stressed syllable. It may be seen as a reversed dactyl. This word comes from the Greek ανάπαιστος, anápaistos, literally "struck back", from ana and -paistos, verbal of παίειν, paíein "to strike.

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Google previewDelphi Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe (Illustrated) (2013)

by Edgar Allan Poe

(An anapæst is a foot composed of two short syllables followed by a long.) With this observation, we will now simply copy a few of the lines which constitute the body of the poem; asking any of our readers to read them if they can; that is to say , ...

Google previewThe Synonymous, Etymological, and Pronouncing English Dictionary (1805)

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, Their Part of Speech Distinguished, Their Pronunciation Pointed Out, and Their Synongma Collected ...

belonging to an anapæst, confifting of an anapæst. Ān'ģér, v. a. (from the substantive) to make an::: to enrage, to provoke; ...

Google previewGlossographia Anglicana nova, or, A dictionary, interpreting such hard words of whatever language, as are at present used in the English tongue, with their etymologies, definitions, &c (1707)

also, the terms of divinity, law, physick, mathematicks, grammar, poetry, musick, heraldry, architecture, painting, war, and all other arts and sciences are herein explain'd, from the best modern authors, as, Sir Isaac Newton, Dr. Harris, Dr. Gregory, Mr. Lock, Mr. Evelyn, Mr. Dryden, Mr. Blunt, &c. Very useful to all those that desire to understand what they read

Anapæst ...

Google previewThe Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: The Century dictionary ... prepared under the superintendence of William Dwight Whitney (1901)

by William Dwight Whitney, Benjamin Eli Smith

anapæSt. alma anapaestic, etc. Same as anapest, etc., with Latin.

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