verst

or verste, werste

[ vurst, verst ]
/ vɜrst, vɛrst /

noun

a Russian measure of distance equivalent to 3500 feet or 0.6629 mile or 1.067 kilometers.

Origin of verst

1545–55; < French verste or German Werst < Russian verstá; Old Russian vĭrsta age, agemate, pair, measure of length, cognate with Czech vrstva, Polish warstwa layer, Serbo-Croatian vŕsta sort, kind, OCS vrĭsta age, time of life < Slavic *vĭrsta literally, turn, bend, akin to *vert- turn (v. base), Latin vertere to turn (see convert1, verse)
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verst

/ (vɛəst, vɜːst) /

noun

a unit of length, used in Russia, equal to 1.067 kilometres (0.6629 miles)

Word Origin for verst

C16: from French verste or German Werst, from Russian versta line
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