verse

noun
\ ˈvərs How to pronounce verse (audio) \

Definition of verse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

verse

verb
versed; versing

Definition of verse (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make verse : versify

transitive verb

1 : to tell or celebrate in verse
2 : to turn into verse

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Synonyms for verse

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of verse in a Sentence

Noun The epic tale was written in verse. The second verse is sung the same way as the first.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The billboards also referenced Mark 11:25, a Bible verse about forgiveness. Los Angeles Times, "Embattled country star Morgan Wallen says he needs more time to work on himself," 14 Apr. 2021 Only 666 pairs went on sale for $1,018, a reference to Luke 10:18, a Bible verse about Satan's fall from heaven. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Lil Nas X's Satan Shoes voluntarily recalled as part of Nike lawsuit settlement," 9 Apr. 2021 The shoes are limited to only 666 pairs and cost $1,018, in reference to the Bible verse Luke 10:18, which notes Satan's fall from heaven. Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, "Team who created rapper's 'Satan Shoes' put own blood samples inside shoes," 30 Mar. 2021 Nike Air Max 97s decorated with a pentagram pendant and a reference to Luke 10:18, a Bible verse about Satan's fall from heaven. NBC News, "MSCHF ordered to halt fulfillment for 'Satan Shoes' in Nike lawsuit," 29 Mar. 2021 The shoes are adorned with a pentagram pendant and a reference to the Bible verse Luke 10:18, which talks about Satan’s fall from heaven. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "Nike sues company behind Lil Nas X’s Satan Shoes," 29 Mar. 2021 The shoes are being sold at $1018 a pair, again in reference to the Bible verse. Claire Shaffer, Rolling Stone, "Nike Sues Designer of Lil Nas X ‘Satan Shoes’," 29 Mar. 2021 Bible Verses to Include in a Baby Shower Card Parents-to-be of the Christian faith may find encouragement and peace in a Bible verse. Betsy Cribb, Southern Living, "What to Write in a Baby Shower Card," 11 Mar. 2021 James and his son Dom (Cedric Joe) disconnect over basketball, as James pushes the sport on Dom, who has no interest storms off and gets abducted into another dimension called the Server-verse. Elise Brisco, USA TODAY, "'Space Jam' trailer: See LeBron James rule courts of other dimensions with movie revival," 4 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of verse

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for verse

Noun

Middle English vers, fers, in part borrowed from Anglo-French vers, verse in part going back to Old English fers, both borrowed from Latin versus "furrow, measure of land, row, line, line of writing, line of metrical writing," action noun derived from vertere "to cause to turn, rotate," — more at worth entry 1

Verb

Middle English versen, in part verbal derivative of vers, fers verse entry 1 in part going back to Old English fersian "to versify," verbal derivative of fers verse entry 1

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The first known use of verse was before the 12th century

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10 May 2021

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“Verse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/verse. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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verse

noun

English Language Learners 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

verse

noun
\ ˈvərs How to pronounce verse (audio) \

Kids Definition of verse

1 : a portion of a poem or song : stanza
2 : writing in which words are arranged in a rhythmic pattern
3 : one of the short parts of a chapter in the Bible

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