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

lyric, poem, rune, song

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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

There's no shortage of Mother's Day Bible verses to get in the spiritual mindset, from readings about love to families to female strength. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "25 Mother's Day Bible Verses to Share With Your Mom," 5 Apr. 2019 Although the 2004 hit technically belongs to Mike Jones, the verses from Slim Thug and Paul Wall are classics. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Slim Thug, Paul Wall perform Still Tippin before Rockets game," 28 May 2018 The first verse is a list of misguided attempts at motivating a kid through petty threats. The Cut, "What Aggression Really Means to Boys," 5 Mar. 2018 The same verse was spray-painted at Ancient Church of the East Mar Shaleeta Parish, an Assyrian church in San Fernando, in a November 2016 incident that the Assyrian American Assn. Brittny Mejia, latimes.com, "Suspect in church fires charged with multiple felony counts," 30 Jan. 2018 Each verse is full of clever one-liners and rhymes complemented by a driving beat provided by frequent collaborator K Swisha. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "Get your act together: 10 must-see artists at Lollapalooza," 31 July 2017 After writing one catchy verse, Michael McDonald was stuck. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Why It Took Two to Write ‘What a Fool Believes’," 30 Jan. 2019 The verses are frequently read as Jesus’s exhortation to care for the poor, sick, and marginalized. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "They told him “you are wounding the body of Christ” by failing to care for marginalized.," 29 Oct. 2018 During the March For Our Lives event on Saturday, March 24, 2018, student volunteers wrote verses on the sidewalk and planted posters of shooting victims at Theis Park. Eric Adler, Mara Rose Williams And The New York Times, kansascity, "‘We have had enough!’ March for Our Lives protest in KC draws thousands | The Kansas City Star," 24 Mar. 2018

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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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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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