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Meaning of VERSE

Pronunciation:  vurs

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  a piece of poetry
  2. [n]  a line of metrical text
  3. [n]  literature in metrical form
 

VERSE is a 5 letter word that starts with V.

 

 Synonyms: poesy, poetry, rhyme, verse line
 
 See Also: Adonic, Adonic line, clerihew, decasyllable, doggerel, doggerel verse, epos, genre, hexameter, iambic, jingle, limerick, line, literary genre, octameter, octosyllable, pentameter, poem, tetrameter, verse form, writing style

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Verse\, n. [OE. vers, AS. fers, L. versus a line in
    writing, and, in poetry, a verse, from vertere, versum, to
    turn, to turn round; akin to E. worth to become: cf. F. vers.
    See {Worth} to become, and cf. {Advertise}, {Averse},
    {Controversy}, {Convert}, {Divers}, {Invert}, {Obverse},
    {Prose}, {Suzerain}, {Vortex}.]
    1. A line consisting of a certain number of metrical feet
       (see {Foot}, n., 9) disposed according to metrical rules.
    
    Note: Verses are of various kinds, as hexameter, pentameter,
          tetrameter, etc., according to the number of feet in
          each. A verse of twelve syllables is called an
          Alexandrine. Two or more verses form a stanza or
          strophe.
    
    2. Metrical arrangement and language; that which is composed
       in metrical form; versification; poetry.
    
             Such prompt eloquence Flowed from their lips in
             prose or numerous verse.              --Milton.
    
             Virtue was taught in verse.           --Prior.
    
             Verse embalms virtue.                 --Donne.
    
    3. A short division of any composition. Specifically:
       (a) A stanza; a stave; as, a hymn of four verses.
    
    Note: Although this use of verse is common, it is
          objectionable, because not always distinguishable from
          the stricter use in the sense of a line.
       (b) (Script.) One of the short divisions of the chapters
           in the Old and New Testaments.
    
    Note: The author of the division of the Old Testament into
          verses is not ascertained. The New Testament was
          divided into verses by Robert Stephens [or Estienne], a
          French printer. This arrangement appeared for the first
          time in an edition printed at Geneva, in 1551.
       (c) (Mus.) A portion of an anthem to be performed by a
           single voice to each part.
    
    4. A piece of poetry. ``This verse be thine.'' --Pope.
    
    {Blank verse}, poetry in which the lines do not end in
       rhymes.
    
    {Heroic verse}. See under {Heroic}.
    
    
  2. \Verse\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Versed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Versing}.]
    To tell in verse, or poetry. [Obs.]
    
          Playing on pipes of corn and versing love. --Shak.
    
    
  3. \Verse\, v. i.
    To make verses; to versify. [Obs.]
    
          It is not rhyming and versing that maketh a poet. --Sir
                                                   P. Sidney.
    
    
 

 

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