- 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.
verb (used without object), versed, vers·ing.
verb (used with object), versed, vers·ing.
Origin of verse
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.
I have seen the ugliest thoughts expressed, sometimes in verse, while using public restrooms.
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|Bryan Storkel|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Chatham had addressed him living, in verse, and peers sought for the honour of supporting the pall at his funeral.Their Majesties' Servants (Volume 2 of 3)|John Doran
I will not say, Here is fine or cheap: that were an injury to the verse itself, and to the effects it can produce.Poems of Henry Vaughan, Silurist, Volume II|Henry Vaughan
Whatever doubt exists in verse 12 about trial or temptation vanishes in verse 13.Studies in the Epistle of James|A. T. Robertson
He quotes the verse in question, and it proves to be none other than the good old rhyme: "Ladybird, Ladybird, fly away home!"
It is very probable that the normal foot occurs only in a larger whole, the verse.
British Dictionary definitions for verse
- a series of metrical feet forming a rhythmic unit of one line
- (as modifier)verse line
Word Origin for verse
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).
Culture definitions for verse
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.