Definition of verse in English:


Syllabification: verse
Pronunciation: /vərs


1Writing arranged with a metrical rhythm, typically having a rhyme: a lament in verse [as modifier]: verse drama
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  • Both he and Frost advocated the use of natural diction, and of colloquial speech rhythms in metrical verse.
  • The only way to write poetry is to begin by writing verse.
  • Among the pioneers of free verse, D. H. Lawrence stands out as one who, though gifted in metrical verse, is happier without meter.
poetry, versification, poetic form; poems, balladry, lyrics, lines, doggerel
literary poesy
poem, lyric, ballad, sonnet, ode, limerick, rhyme, ditty, lay
1.1A group of lines that form a unit in a poem or song; a stanza: the second verse
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  • They laugh and joke and make up verses to songs and poems and chants about women and body parts.
  • Ritson also published several popular collections and anthologies of songs, children's verses, fairy stories, etc.
  • They both process thrilling ur-poetry: entangled, limitlessly complicated prose poems and verses.
1.2Each of the short numbered divisions of a chapter in the Bible or other scripture.
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  • These moments draw on and return to a practice entrenched in evangelicalism: the use of Bible memory verses.
  • We have many different such divisions ranging from what would be long verses to chapter style divisions.
  • In a short work like this we cannot examine all the verses in the Bible which refer to the devil and Satan.
1.3A versicle.
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  • The children memorize verses and are asked questions about doctrine.
  • He was quoting, and more specifically he was quoting the first verse of the twenty-second psalm.
  • Both paintings illustrate the power of God's creative energy so forcefully evoked in the opening verses of Psalm 8.
1.4 archaic A line of poetry.
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  • Semantic Poetry doesn't arrange verses into bunches of flowers.
  • The sisters smiled at the poetry and added a verse onto it.
1.5A passage in an anthem for a soloist or a small group of voices.
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  • Oh, and there's a huge, meat-grinder chorus between the minstrel verses.
  • I quoted from the second verse of our national anthem.


[no object] archaic Back to top  
Speak in or compose verse; versify.
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  • He maintains, ‘it is not rhyming and versing that maketh a poet.’


Old English fers, from Latin versus 'a turn of the plow, a furrow, a line of writing', from vertere 'to turn'; reinforced in Middle English by Old French vers, from Latin versus.



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  • The unconsidered trifles of this genre and verselets written after 1927 were put together four years after his death in Sphulinga.
  • Each separate verselet, or sentence, is therefore seen as one bullet item in this paragraph on God-Israel relationships.
  • My grandmother read me verselets in Polish (when I was a child) but I don't know the language, understand only some words.

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