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Meaning of VERSE

Pronunciation:  vurs

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  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
    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
    {Heroic verse}. See under {Heroic}.
  2. \Verse\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Versed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    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.