- experienced; practiced; skilled; learned (usually followed by in): She was well versed in Greek and Latin.
Origin of versed
- (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 versed
Those who are not versed in the lexicon are often left confused, frustrated, and misunderstood.Families and Physicians Debate the True Meaning of Brain Death
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Richard Joseph
January 14, 2014
She says she doubts that Davis is nearly as versed in Scientology because his work has been too demanding.Scientology's New Face
October 27, 2009
I am versed in the great sciences of astrology and astronomy.The Lamplighter
How Vuillaume became so versed in the history of his craft does not appear.The Bow, Its History, Manufacture and Use
In geography, history, and the multiplication-table she was versed.The Paliser case
While not versed in subtle interpretations, it is alive to the right of a little wrong.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
So he thought of them, not versed yet in the complex Sicilian character.The Call of the Blood
Robert Smythe Hichens
- (postpositive foll by in) thoroughly knowledgeable (about), acquainted (with), or skilled (in)
- (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 versed
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with versed
see chapter and verse.