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

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 There's an invisible stripper pole, loads of jaw-dropping fashion, and the rapper spits verses at a piano while fully nude, but one of the most celebrated scenes is Cardi breastfeeding a baby (presumably her baby, Kulture). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cardi B Breastfeeds in Her Insanely Epic "Money" Music Video," 21 Dec. 2018 Chika’s verses bring real life experience and heartache to the song. Kesha, Teen Vogue, "Kesha on Common Sense Gun Laws and Partnering With March for Our Lives to End Gun Violence," 12 Oct. 2018 When that groove drops on the second verse, COME ON. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Backstreet Boys Just Released Their First New Song in Five Years," 17 May 2018 That customer used AT&T’s U-verse service, not DirecTV. ... WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 30 Jan. 2019 Of all the shows on this list, Loudermilk is going to be the toughest to find since Audience Network basically only exists on AT&T U-verse and DirecTV Now. Pilot Viruet, The Verge, "The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 The Echo smart plug, for hooking in basically anything powered by electricity into your Echo-verse. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "The age of new Echos is over; the age of Echo accessories is starting," 21 Sep. 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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