verse

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noun

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: a line of metrical writing
2
a(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)
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: one of the short divisions into which a chapter of the Bible is traditionally divided

verse

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verb

versed; versing

intransitive verb

: to make verse : versify

transitive verb

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

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. Verb while in prison, he versed himself in the rights of the incarcerated
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In this case, Goffin had penned the first verse, which then made the music pour out of King almost immediately. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 14 July 2024 In between Slim’s verses, Jelly’s emotional chorus fades in and out. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 12 July 2024 No one has had more fun with the sound of their own voice, or penned verses that ran laps around such exceptionally tricky beats. August Brown, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2024 Maverick Carter explained how the transition from 3 Stacks’ verse to Pimp C‘s was elevated with the beat drop. Marc Griffin, VIBE.com, 10 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for verse 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Verse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/verse. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

verse

noun
ˈvərs
1
: a line of writing in which words are arranged in a rhythmic pattern
2
: writing in which words are arranged in a rhythmic pattern
3
: stanza
4
: one of the short parts of a chapter of the Bible

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