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

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 Stefano Massini’s epic 700-page novel, written in verse and based on the history of the Lehman family dynasty, has been produced in theaters around the world. Joseph Sassoon, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 Our beautifully designed Bible verse cards will provide a source of inspiration and empowerment to anyone who needs it. Jamie Kravitz, Woman's Day, 3 Aug. 2022 After Siwa’s TikTok went viral over the weekend, Bure appeared to respond Monday with a Bible verse. Los Angeles Times, 26 July 2022 Is there a Bible verse that maybe has occurred to you more than once over the last couple of days? William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 23 May 2022 Wynonna and Ashley accepted the honor amid tears, holding onto each other and reciting a Bible verse together. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 3 May 2022 Daughters Wynonna and Ashley Judd accepted the induction amid tears, holding onto each other and reciting a Bible verse together. Kristin M. Hall, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 Daughters Wynonna and Ashley Judd accepted the induction amid tears, holding onto each other and reciting a Bible verse together. NBC News, 2 May 2022 Lynne, 66, appeared to allude to her daughter's legal situation on Friday with an Instagram story that featured a Bible verse about freedom. Rachel Desantis, PEOPLE.com, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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14 Aug 2022

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“Verse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/verse. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for verse

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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