from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A metrical foot composed of two short syllables followed by one long one, as in the word seventeen.
- n. A line of verse using this meter; for example, "'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house” ( Clement Clarke Moore).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A metrical foot consisting of three syllables, two short and one long (e.g the word "velveteen").
- n. 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).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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 dĕ-ĭ-tās, and in English in-ter-vene", are examples of anapests.
- n. A verse composed of such feet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In prosody, a foot consisting of three syllables, the first two short or unaccented, the last long or accented: the reverse of the dactyl.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables
Latin anapaestus, from Greek anapaistos : ana-, ana- + paiein, pais-, to strike (so called because an anapest is a reversed dactyl).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin anapaestus, from Ancient Greek ἀνάπαιστος (anapaistos, "struck back”, “reversed"), from ἀνά (ana, "back") + παίω (paiō, "I strike"). (Wiktionary)