[ vur-suh-fi-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌvɜr sə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /


the act of versifying.
verse form; metrical structure.
a metrical version of something.
the art or practice of composing verses.

Origin of versification

1595–1605; < Latin versificātiōn- (stem of versificātiō), equivalent to versificāt(us) (past participle of versificāre to versify; see -ate1) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for versification


/ (ˌvɜːsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /


the technique or art of versifying
the form or metrical composition of a poem
a metrical version of a prose text
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Word Origin and History for versification



c.1600, from Latin versificationem (nominative versificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of versificare (see versify).

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