or verste, werste
Origin of verst
Examples from the Web for verst
When he had gone a verst his strength gave out, his feet were sore.A Russian Proprietor|Lyof N. Tolstoi
At that moment, a noise was heard on the road, about half a verst distant.Michael Strogoff|Jules Verne
Akm escorted them for about half a verst; he was obliged to go to the mill.The Diary of a Superfluous Man and Other Stories|Ivn Turgnieff
Shortly after leaving Kharcoff, one day our march was thirty versts (a verst is three-quarters of a mile English).
This I could not refuse; but he rode very slowly, and made the verst a very long one.Fred Markham in Russia|W. H. G. Kingston
Word Origin 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).