Those who are not versed in the lexicon are often left confused, frustrated, and misunderstood.
She says she doubts that Davis is nearly as versed in Scientology because his work has been too demanding.
They were a stalwart people, versed in agriculture and working in metal.
Not so versed as they was he in the details of political science.
To neither of them did it occur that Brent was versed in the Morse code, and Brent volunteered no information on the subject.
Procopius, who was versed in medicine, was the historian of the period.
To dwell happily together they should be versed in the niceties of the heart and born with a faculty for willing compromise.
How Vuillaume became so versed in the history of his craft does not appear.
He also came forward to be baptised with holy water in England, which had for some while past been versed in Christianity.
So he thought of them, not versed yet in the complex Sicilian character.
"practiced," c.1600, from past participle of obsolete verse "to turn over" (a book, subject, etc.) in study or investigation, from Middle French verser "to turn, revolve" as in meditation, from Latin versare "to busy oneself," literally "to turn to" (see versus).
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.