or verste, werste
- 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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Examples from the Web for 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)
C16: from French verste or German Werst, from Russian versta line
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).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper