verse

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1verse

noun \ˈvərs\

: writing in which words are arranged in a rhythmic pattern

: a part of a poem or song

: one of the parts of a chapter of the Bible

Full Definition of VERSE

1
:  a line of metrical writing
2
a (1) :  metrical language (2) :  metrical writing distinguished from poetry especially by its lower level of intensity (3) :  poetry 2
b :  poem
c :  a body of metrical writing (as of a period or country)
3
:  stanza
4
:  one of the short divisions into which a chapter of the Bible is traditionally divided

Examples of VERSE

  1. The epic tale was written in verse.
  2. The second verse is sung the same way as the first.

Origin of VERSE

Middle English vers, fers, from Anglo-French vers & Old English fers, both from Latin versus, literally, turning, from vertere to turn — more at worth
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

Rhymes with VERSE

2verse

verb
versedvers·ing

Definition of VERSE

intransitive verb
:  to make verse :  versify
transitive verb
1
:  to tell or celebrate in verse
2
:  to turn into verse

First Known Use of VERSE

before 12th century

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

3verse

transitive verb
versedvers·ing

Definition of VERSE

:  to familiarize by close association, study, or experience <well versed in the theater>

Origin of VERSE

back-formation from versed, from Latin versatus, past participle of versari to be active, be occupied (in), passive of versare to turn
First Known Use: 1599

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