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, versenoun

    literature in metrical form

  2. verse, rhymenoun

    a piece of poetry

  3. verse, verse lineverb

    a line of metrical text

  4. verse, versify, poetize, poetiseverb

    compose verses or put into verse

    "He versified the ancient saga"

  5. verseverb

    familiarize through thorough study or experience

    "She versed herself in Roman archeology"

Wiktionary

  1. verseverb

    To educate about, to teach about.

    He versed us in the finer points of category theory.

  2. verseverb

    To compose verses.

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

  3. verseverb

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

  4. versenoun

    The (fictional) universe in which Firefly is set.

  5. Etymology: Shortening of universe

Webster Dictionary

  1. Versenoun

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

  2. Versenoun

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

  3. Versenoun

    a short division of any composition

  4. Versenoun

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

  5. Versenoun

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

  6. Versenoun

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

  7. Versenoun

    a piece of poetry

  8. Verseverb

    to tell in verse, or poetry

  9. Verseverb

    to make verses; to versify

  10. 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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British National Corpus

  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

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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. Robert Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, 1978:

    A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.

  2. Robert Cecil Day Lewis:

    First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand.

  3. Al Mohler:

    The Christian case again abortion is not based upon any single verse in the Bible, much less upon an alleged mistranslation of a verse.

  4. Adam Levine:

    I told Cardi,' I want you to put something down that shows your fierceness as a woman and say it however you want,' i knew she was going to murder this verse and bring the song to a whole new place. She was vital. I begged her to do it.

  5. Alfred De Musset:

    Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.

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