- 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.
- versailles, palace of,
- versailles, treaty of,
- versed sine,
Origin of verse
Examples from the Web for versing
But that which giveth greatest scope to their scorning humour, is rhyming and versing.A Defence of Poesie and Poems|Philip Sidney
When I was a boy I had a knack at versing, which came rather in anticipation of the subjects to use it on.Imaginary Interviews|W. D. Howells
It is not rhyming and versing that maketh poesy; one may be a poet without versing, and a versifier without poetry.
- a series of metrical feet forming a rhythmic unit of one line
- (as modifier)verse line
Word Origin 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).
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.
see chapter and verse.