- one or more unstressed syllables at the beginning of a line of verse
- an unstressed note or group of notes immediately preceding the strong first beat of the first bar
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Poetry[Pros.]an unstressed syllable or syllable group that begins a line of verse but is not counted as part of the first foot.
- Music and Dancethe note or notes preceding a downbeat; upbeat.
- Greek anákrousis, equivalent. to anakroú(ein) to strike up, push back (ana- ana- + kroúein to strike, push) + -sis -sis