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[vur-zhuh n, -shuh n] /ˈvɜr ʒən, -ʃən/
a particular account of some matter, as from one person or source, contrasted with some other account:
two different versions of the accident.
a particular form or variant of something:
a modern version of an antique.
a translation.
(often initial capital letter) a translation of the Bible or a part of it.
Medicine/Medical. the act of turning a child in the uterus so as to bring it into a more favorable position for delivery.
Pathology. an abnormal direction of the axis of the uterus or other organ.
Origin of version
1575-85; < Latin versiōn- (stem of versiō) a turning, equivalent to vers(us) (past participle of vertere to turn; see verse) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
versional, adjective
preversion, noun
1. story, impression. 3. See translation. Unabridged
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  • Tales are recited, verses chanted, and the singer of a clan makes his version of a popular story.

  • I repeat this version, without either contradicting or supporting it.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • I had little heart for a reporter's version of what had so thrilled me coming from Leighton's own lips.

    One of My Sons Anna Katharine Green
  • Would people believe his version, or take the side of the dead?

    The Queen's Scarlet George Manville Fenn
  • In the German version—and I hope also in the French—the reader will not fail to discern some of the novelist's finest gifts.

    The Dangerous Age Karin Michalis
British Dictionary definitions for version


/ˈvɜːʃən; -ʒən/
an account of a matter from a certain point of view, as contrasted with others: his version of the accident is different from the policeman's
a translation, esp of the Bible, from one language into another
a variant form of something; type
an adaptation, as of a book or play into a film
(med) manual turning of a fetus to correct an irregular position within the uterus
(pathol) an abnormal displacement of the uterus characterized by a tilting forwards (anteversion), backwards (retroversion), or to either side (lateroversion)
Derived Forms
versional, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin versiō a turning, from Latin vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for version

1580s, "a translation," from Middle French version, from Medieval Latin versionem (nominative versio) "a turning," from past participle stem of Latin vertere "to turn" (see versus). Also with a Middle English sense of "destruction;" the meaning "particular form of a description" is first attested 1788.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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version in Medicine

version ver·sion (vûr'zhən, -shən)

  1. Deflection of an organ, such as the uterus, from its normal position.

  2. The changing of position of the fetus in the uterus, either spontaneously or as a result of manipulation.

  3. The conjugate rotation of the eyes in the same direction.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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