or verste, werste
- a Russian measure of distance equivalent to 3500 feet or 0.6629 mile or 1.067 kilometers.
Origin of verst
Examples from the Web for verst
Historical Examples of verst
He told me that if I would let him ride one verst more with me he would then turn back.Fred Markham in Russia
W. H. G. Kingston
Akm escorted them for about half a verst; he was obliged to go to the mill.
They drove about a verst, without saying one word to each other.
When he had gone a verst his strength gave out, his feet were sore.A Russian Proprietor
Lyof N. Tolstoi
I looked back for the last time when we were half a verst along the road.In the Russian Ranks
- a unit of length, used in Russia, equal to 1.067 kilometres (0.6629 miles)
Word Origin for verst
Word Origin and History for verst
Russian unit of distance measure equal to about two-thirds of a mile, 1550s, from Russian versta, related to Old Church Slavonic vrusta "stadium," vruteti (Russian vertet) "to turn" (see versus).