- (not in technical use) a stanza.
- a succession of metrical feet written, printed, or orally composed as one line; one of the lines of a poem.
- a particular type of metrical line: a hexameter verse.
- a poem, or piece of poetry.
- metrical composition; poetry, especially as involving metrical form.
- metrical writing distinguished from poetry because of its inferior quality: a writer of verse, not poetry.
- a particular type of metrical composition: elegiac verse.
- the collective poetry of an author, period, nation, etc.: Miltonian verse; American verse.
- one of the short conventional divisions of a chapter of the Bible.
- that part of a song following the introduction and preceding the chorus.
- a part of a song designed to be sung by a solo voice.
- Rare. a line of prose, especially a sentence, or part of a sentence, written as one line.
- Rare. a subdivision in any literary work.
- of, relating to, or written in verse: a verse play.
- to express in verse.
Origin of verse
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Examples from the Web for verse
It needs to be said: bigotry in the name of religion is still bigotry; child abuse wrapped in a Bible verse is still child abuse.
No more allowing people to justify their bigotry by spouting a cherry-picked Bible verse.
I know the verse because Mrs. Bertalan used to have us do it in ninth-grade choir.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
I have seen the ugliest thoughts expressed, sometimes in verse, while using public restrooms.Blurred Lines at NY Sketchbook Museum
November 1, 2014
There was not a single Bible verse quoted to me, for or against MMA, that I believe applies to this situation.Jesus Said Knock You Out: In ‘Fight Church’ Christians Beat Thy Neighbor
September 16, 2014
She had completed the verse with the hint of a sneer in her tones.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It was an express order for two hundred francs, in payment of a bit of verse.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
And then Rico sang the verse and was pleased and said, "Sing some more."
Then Rico fiddled and sung the verse with her, and said again, "Some more."
Give me some more of the syrup, and then come and repeat the verse that I taught you the other day.
- (not in technical usage) a stanza or other short subdivision of a poem
- poetry as distinct from prose
- a series of metrical feet forming a rhythmic unit of one line
- (as modifier)verse line
- a specified type of metre or metrical structureiambic verse
- one of the series of short subsections into which most of the writings in the Bible are divided
- a metrical composition; poem
- a rare word for versify
Word Origin and History for verse
c.1050, "line or section of a psalm or canticle," later "line of poetry" (late 14c.), from Anglo-French and Old French vers, from Latin versus "verse, line of writing," from PIE root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). The metaphor is of plowing, of "turning" from one line to another (vertere = "to turn") as a plowman does.
Verse was invented as an aid to memory. Later it was preserved to increase pleasure by the spectacle of difficulty overcome. That it should still survive in dramatic art is a vestige of barbarism. [Stendhal "de l'Amour," 1822]
Old English had fers, an early West Germanic borrowing directly from Latin. Meaning "metrical composition" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "part of a modern pop song" (as distinguished from the chorus) is attested from 1927. The English New Testament first was divided fully into verses in the Geneva version (1550s).
A kind of language made intentionally different from ordinary speech or prose. It usually employs devices such as meter and rhyme, though not always. Free verse, for example, has neither meter nor rhyme. Verse is usually considered a broader category than poetry, with the latter being reserved to mean verse that is serious and genuinely artistic.
Idioms and Phrases with verse
see chapter and verse.