[n] a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables
\An"a*pest\, n. [L. anapaestus, Gr. ? an anapest, i.e., a dactyl reserved, or, as it were, struck back; fr. ?; ? back + ? to strike.]
1. (Pros.) A metrical foot consisting of three syllables, the first two short, or unaccented, the last long, or accented ([crescent] [crescent] -); the reverse of the dactyl. In Latin d[e^]-[i^]-t[=a]s, and in English in-ter-vene", are examples of anapests.
2. A verse composed of such feet.