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anacrusis

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Etymology

Modern [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]], from Greek ανακρουσις, from ανακρουειν, from κρουειν (to strike).

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ænə'kru:sɪs/

Noun

anacrusis (also known as a pick-up)

  1. (prosody) an unstressed syllable at the start of a verse
  2. (music) an unstressed note or notes before the first strong beat (or downbeat) of a phrase
    • 1989: Then Etheridge poised his baton, jerked an upbeat, and made the violinists speak the low G and A of their anacrusis. (Burgess, Any Old Iron)

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