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Definition of VERSE

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Verse \Verse\ (v[~e]rs), 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. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     2. Metrical arrangement and language; that which is composed in metrical form; versification; poetry. [1913 Webster]

              Such prompt eloquence
              Flowed from their lips in prose or numerous verse.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              Virtue was taught in verse.           --Prior. [1913 Webster]

              Verse embalms virtue.                 --Donne. [1913 Webster]

     3. A short division of any composition. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) A stanza; a stave; as, a hymn of four verses. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster] (b) (Script.) One of the short divisions of the chapters in the Old and New Testaments. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster] (c) (Mus.) A portion of an anthem to be performed by a single voice to each part. [1913 Webster]

     4. A piece of poetry. "This verse be thine." --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     {Blank verse}, poetry in which the lines do not end in rhymes.

     {Heroic verse}. See under {Heroic}.
        [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Verse \Verse\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Versed} (v[~e]rst); p. pr. & vb. n. {Versing}.] To tell in verse, or poetry. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

           Playing on pipes of corn and versing love. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Verse \Verse\, v. i.
     To make verses; to versify. [Obs.]
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           It is not rhyming and versing that maketh a poet. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

259 Moby Thesaurus words for "verse":
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