|—n , pl -ses|
|1.||prosody one or more unstressed syllables at the beginning of a line of verse|
|a. an unstressed note or group of notes immediately preceding the strong first beat of the first bar|
|b. another word for upbeat|
|[C19: from Greek anakrousis prelude, from anakrouein to strike up, from |
in classical prosody, the up (or weak) beat, one or more syllables at the beginning of a line of poetry that are not regarded as a part of the metrical pattern of that line. Some scholars do not acknowledge this phenomenon. The term is from the Greek anakrousis, meaning "the act of pushing back," or "beginning of a tune."
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