Definition of verse in English:

verse

Line breaks: verse
Pronunciation: /vəːs
 
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noun

[mass noun]
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.
Synonyms
poetry, versification, metrical composition, rhythmical composition, rhyme, rhyming, balladry, doggerel;
poems, lyrics, rhymes
literary poesy, Parnassus
poem, piece of poetry, lyric, sonnet, ode, limerick, rhyme, composition, metrical composition, piece of doggerel;
ditty, song, jingle, lay, ballad
rare tenson, verselet
1.1 [count noun] A 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.
Synonyms
stanza, strophe, stave, canto;
part, section, portion
1.2 [count noun] Each of the short numbered divisions of a chapter in the Bible or other scripture: we were each required to recite a Bible verse from memory on the walls were framed verses from the Koran
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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.
1.3 [count noun] A 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 [count noun] 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.
1.5 [count noun] A 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.

verb

[no object] archaic Back to top  
Speak in or compose verse; versify: he began to verse extemporaneously in her ear [with object]: thou sat all day, playing on pipes and versing love
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  • He maintains, ‘it is not rhyming and versing that maketh a poet.’

Origin

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

Derivatives

verselet

noun
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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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