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ˈæn əˌpɛstanapest

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. anapest, anapaestnoun

    a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables


  1. anapestnoun

    A metrical foot consisting of three syllables, two short and one long (e.g the word "velveteen").

  2. anapestnoun

    A fragment, phrase or line of poetry or verse using this meter; e.g. Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville, did NOT! (Dr Seuss aka Theodor Geisel).


  1. anapest

    An anapaest (; also spelled anapæst 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; 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 ἀνάπαιστος, anápaistos, literally "struck back" and in a poetic context "a dactyl reversed".Because of its length and the fact that it ends with a stressed syllable and so allows for strong rhymes, anapaest can produce a very rolling verse, and allows for long lines with a great deal of internal complexity.Apart from their independent role, anapaests are sometimes used as substitutions in iambic verse. In strict iambic pentameter, anapaests are rare, but they are found with some frequency in freer versions of the iambic line, such as the verse of Shakespeare's last plays, or the lyric poetry of the 19th century. Since the word anapest consists of a stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllables, it is ironically a dactyl.


  1. anapest

    An anapest is a metrical foot used in formal poetry. It consists of three syllables: two short or unstressed syllables followed by one long or stressed syllable. It is used to create a rhythmic pattern in a line of verse, often creating a light or humorous tone. In short, it is a three-syllable poetic foot with the stress pattern: unstressed, unstressed, stressed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Anapestnoun

    a metrical foot consisting of three syllables, the first two short, or unaccented, the last long, or accented (/ / -); the reverse of the dactyl. In Latin d/-/-tas, and in English in-ter-vene#, are examples of anapests

  2. Anapestnoun

    a verse composed of such feet

  3. Etymology: [L. anapaestus, Gr. an anapest, i.e., a dactyl reserved, or, as it were, struck back; fr. ; 'ana` back + to strike.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of anapest in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of anapest in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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