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verse

noun \ ˈvərs \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of verse

1 :a line of metrical writing
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 :stanza 1
4 :one of the short divisions into which a chapter of the Bible is traditionally divided

Examples of verse in a Sentence

  1. The epic tale was written in verse.

  2. The second verse is sung the same way as the first.

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Origin and Etymology of verse

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 1worth


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verse

verb

Definition of verse

versed; versing
intransitive verb
:to make verse :versify
transitive verb
1 :to tell or celebrate in verse
2 :to turn into verse

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Origin and Etymology of verse

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


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verse

verb

Definition of verse

versed; versing
transitive verb
:to familiarize by close association, study, or experience
  • well versed in the theater

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Origin and Etymology of verse

back-formation from versed, partial translation of Latin versātus, past participle of versārī "to come and go, be involved, concern oneself," passive (in middle sense) of versāre "to keep turning" — more at versant


VERSE Defined for English Language Learners

verse

noun

Definition of verse for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

verse

noun \ ˈvərs \

Definition of verse for Students

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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