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verse

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noun \ˈvərs\

Simple Definition of verse

  • : 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. 1 :  a line of metrical writing

  2. 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. 3 :  stanza

  4. 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

Rhymes with verse


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verse

verb

Definition of verse

versedvers·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make verse :  versify

  3. transitive verb
  4. 1 :  to tell or celebrate in verse

  5. 2 :  to turn into verse



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of verse

before 12th century


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verse

verb

Definition of verse

versedvers·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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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