What does verse mean?

Definitions for verse
vɜrsverse

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word verse.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. poetry, poesy, verse(noun)

    literature in metrical form

  2. verse, rhyme(noun)

    a piece of poetry

  3. verse, verse line(verb)

    a line of metrical text

  4. verse, versify, poetize, poetise(verb)

    compose verses or put into verse

    "He versified the ancient saga"

  5. verse(verb)

    familiarize through thorough study or experience

    "She versed herself in Roman archeology"

Wiktionary

  1. verse(Verb)

    To educate about, to teach about.

    He versed us in the finer points of category theory.

    Etymology: Shortening of universe

  2. verse(Verb)

    To compose verses.

    It is not rhyming and versing that maketh a poet. uE000120362uE001 Sir P. Sidney.

    Etymology: Shortening of universe

  3. verse(Verb)

    To oppose, to be an opponent for, as in a game, contest or battle.

    Etymology: Shortening of universe

  4. verse(Noun)

    The (fictional) universe in which Firefly is set.

    Etymology: Shortening of universe

Webster Dictionary

  1. Verse(noun)

    a line consisting of a certain number of metrical feet (see Foot, n., 9) disposed according to metrical rules

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Verse(noun)

    metrical arrangement and language; that which is composed in metrical form; versification; poetry

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Verse(noun)

    a short division of any composition

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Verse(noun)

    a stanza; a stave; as, a hymn of four verses

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Verse(noun)

    one of the short divisions of the chapters in the Old and New Testaments

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Verse(noun)

    a portion of an anthem to be performed by a single voice to each part

    Etymology: [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.]

  7. Verse(noun)

    a piece of poetry

    Etymology: [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.]

  8. Verse(verb)

    to tell in verse, or poetry

    Etymology: [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.]

  9. Verse(verb)

    to make verses; to versify

    Etymology: [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.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Verse

    vers, n. a line of poetry: metrical arrangement and language: poetry: a stanza: a short division of any composition, esp. of the chapters of the Bible, originally confined to the metrical books, applied first to whole Bible in 1528: (mus.) a portion of an anthem to be performed by a single voice to each part.—v.t. to relate in verse.—ns. Vers-de-société (same as Society-verse; see under Sociable); Verse′let; Verse-mā′ker; Verse-mā′king; Verse′-man, a writer of verses; Verse′-mong′er, a scribbler of verses; Verse′-mong′ering, verse-writing, esp. of poor verses; Ver′ser, a versifier; Ver′set (mus.), a very short organ interlude or prelude; Ver′sicle, a little verse: in liturgy, the verse said by the officiant.—adj. Versic′ūlar, pertaining to verses.—ns. Versificā′tion, the act, art, or practice of composing metrical verses; Ver′sificātor, Ver′sificātrix, a male, female, maker of verses; Ver′sifīer.—v.i. Ver′sify, to make verses.—v.t. to relate in verse: to turn into verse:—pa.t. and pa.p. ver′sifīed.n. Ver′sion, the act of translating or turning from one language into another: that which is translated from one language into another: account: statement: a school exercise, generally of composition in a foreign language.—adj. Ver′sional, pertaining to a version or translation.—n. Ver′sionist, a translator.—adj. Ver′sūal, of the character of a verse, pertaining to verses or short paragraphs. [A.S. fers—L. versus, vorsus, a line, furrow, turning—vertĕre, to turn; influenced by O. Fr. vers.]

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'verse' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2718

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'verse' in Nouns Frequency: #1881

Anagrams for verse »

  1. Serve

  2. Sever

  3. Veers

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of verse in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of verse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of verse in a Sentence

  1. André Maurois:

    A great biography should, like the close of a great drama, leave behind it a feeling of serenity. We collect into a small bunch the flowers, the few flowers, which brought sweetness into a life, and present it as an offering to an accomplished destiny. It is the dying refrain of a completed song, the final verse of a finished poem.

  2. Myriah Williams:

    It's easy to think we know all we can know about a manuscript like the 'Black Book,' but to see these ghosts from the past brought back to life in front of our eyes has been incredibly exciting, the drawings and verse that we're in the process of recovering demonstrate the value of giving these books another look.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    Appreciation gives rise to motivation/multiplication. Let's take this as a case study. When Jesus Christ was faced with the task of feeding a multitude. The scripture says that he (Jesus Christ) first and foremost gave thanks to God. And just because he gave thanks to God. God was motivated to multiply the five loaves of bread/two fishes which he already had. Now that's why he (Jesus Christ) miraclously fed/overfed at a time 5,000 men excluding women and children, scripture reference (Mattew 14 and verse 17 through 21). Anyway, that evidently proves, appreciation truly gives rise to motivation which eventually leads to multiplication. Have you been unappreciative to God/your fellow humans all these while? If YES then, you've got to learn to appreciate your fellow humans. But most importantly, do appreciate God all the time/way even in time of scarcity/insufficiency of resources like money/food stuffs. Because if you dare to appreciate him (God) at all times. Then, he will be motivated to multiply whatever you have until you are wholly gratified/satisfied.

  4. Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire:

    People have declaimed against luxury for 2000 years, in verse and in prose, and people have always delighted in it.

  5. Paul Valery:

    ...in song the words tend to lose their significance, do often lose it, while at the other extreme, in current prose it is the musical value that tends to disappear - so that verse stands symmetrically, as it were, between song, on the one hand, and prose on the other - and is thus admirably and delicately balanced between the sensual and the intellectual power of language.

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