- 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 verses
Especially not when the display in question includes an angel falling from the sky in flames, surrounded by Biblical verses.
A lighted, electronic marquee placed just outside the building scrolls Bible verses every day.The Louisiana Public School Cramming Christianity Down Students’ Throats|Andrew Cohen|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She drew round the verses a garland of flowers, and signed it with her pet name, Lorchen.Beethoven in Love: The Woman Who Captivated the Young Composer|John Suchet|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“As I wrote it, it had a very weird timing issue in the verses,” Bugg explains.Jake Bugg Isn’t the New Bob Dylan. He’s the Male Adele.|Andrew Romano|November 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The Taliban proudly defended their assault, with verses from the Quran.Wake Up, Pakistan: Shooting a Teenage Girl Should Be a Tipping Point|Asra Q. Nomani|October 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Mary had received twelve dollars for each of her verses—ninety-six dollars in all.The Nest Builder|Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
In these verses we have an account of the meeting of Moses and God.The Bible: what it is|Charles Bradlaugh
These verses must have been written between 1608 and 1617, the period when Cameron was at Bordeaux.
These verses from Scripture, repeated as they were by my aged grandmother had the effect to soothe my mind.Walter Harland|Harriet S. Caswell
He produces an instance of this perfect sublime in four verses from the Athalia of Monsieur Racine.The Young Gentleman and Lady's Monitor, and English Teacher's Assistant|John Hamilton Moore
British Dictionary definitions for verses
- 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 verses
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 verses
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 verses
see chapter and verse.