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.

    Etymology: Shortening of universe

  2. verseverb

    To compose verses.

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

    Etymology: Shortening of universe

  3. verseverb

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

    Etymology: Shortening of universe

  4. versenoun

    The (fictional) universe in which Firefly is set.

    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

    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. Versenoun

    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. Versenoun

    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. Versenoun

    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. Versenoun

    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. Versenoun

    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. Versenoun

    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. Verseverb

    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. Verseverb

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

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

Anagrams for verse »

  1. Serve

  2. Sever

  3. Veers

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  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. Mr vybs live:

    A man who does not work should not eat is the most underrated bible verse

  2. Alfred De Musset:

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

  3. Walt Whitman:

    Answer That you are here---that life exists and identity, That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.

  4. 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.

  5. Sanskrit Proverb:

    In one short verse I here express The sum of tomes of sacred lore: Beneficence is righteousness, Oppression?s sin?s malignant core.

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    established or prearranged unalterably
    • A. foreordained
    • B. adscripted
    • C. incumbent
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