• WordNet 3.6
    • n anapaest a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • anapaest etc. Same as anapest, etc., with Latin æ retained.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Anapaest an′a-pest (in verse) a foot consisting of three syllables, two short and the third long, or (in Eng.) two unaccented and the third accented, as colonnadé—a familiar example of a poem in this metre is Byron's Destruction of Sennacherib
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. anapaistos, reversed, because it is the dactyl reversed.


In literature:

When I am arrested, I shall protest in anapaests.
"The Brother of Daphne" by Dornford Yates
The different kinds of verses are named Trochaic, Iambic, Dactylic, Anapaestic, according to the foot which forms the basis of their structure.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
They have the following values: Dactylic, 10.25; amphibrachic, 12.84; anapaestic, 12.45.
"Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1" by Various
The anapaestic metre of this version should be noted.
"Ballads of Scottish Tradition and Romance" by Various
Trochaic octonarii are used in lyrical parts, other lyrical metres being rare, and the anapaestic metre not being used.
"The Student's Companion to Latin Authors" by George Middleton
The ballad written in anapaestic verse has an Arcadian grace, against which even Johnson's robust intellect was not proof.
"The Age of Pope" by John Dennis
The metre also lacks uniformity, veering from iambic to anapaestic form.
"Writings in the United Amateur, 1915-1922" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
The metres employed by Epicharmus were iambic trimeter, and especially trochaic and anapaestic tetrameter.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 6" by Various
The anapaestic metre was less suited to Latin, and is rarely met with either in the comic poets, or in the fragments of the tragedians.
"The Roman Poets of the Republic" by W. Y. Sellar