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.

Nearby words

  1. versify,
  2. versine,
  3. version,
  4. versioning,
  5. verso,
  6. versus,
  7. vert,
  8. vert.,
  9. vertebr-,
  10. vertebra

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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British Dictionary definitions for verst

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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Word Origin and History for verst

verst

n.

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).

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