Definition of Verse

1. Noun. Literature in metrical form.

2. Verb. Compose verses or put into verse. "Did he verse his major works over a short period of time?"; "He versified the ancient saga"
Exact synonyms: Poetise, Poetize, Versify
Category relationships: Poesy, Poetry
Generic synonyms: Compose, Indite, Pen, Write
Specialized synonyms: Metrify, Spondaise, Spondaize, Elegise, Elegize, Sonnet
Derivative terms: Poet, Poetiser, Poet, Poetizer, Versification, Versification, Versification, Versifier

3. Noun. A piece of poetry.
Exact synonyms: Rhyme
Generic synonyms: Poem, Verse Form
Specialized synonyms: Clerihew, Doggerel, Doggerel Verse, Jingle, Limerick
Derivative terms: Rhyme, Rhymester, Versify

4. Verb. Familiarize through thorough study or experience. "She versed herself in Roman archeology"
Generic synonyms: Acquaint, Familiarise, Familiarize

5. Noun. A line of metrical text.
Exact synonyms: Verse Line
Group relationships: Poem, Verse Form
Specialized synonyms: Iambic, Adonic, Adonic Line, Tetrameter, Pentameter, Hexameter, Octameter, Octosyllable, Decasyllable
Generic synonyms: Line
Derivative terms: Versify

Definition of Verse

1. n. A line consisting of a certain number of metrical feet (see Foot, n., 9) disposed according to metrical rules.

2. v. t. To tell in verse, or poetry.

3. v. i. To make verses; to versify.

4. n. A line consisting of a certain number of metrical feet (see Foot, n., 9) disposed according to metrical rules.

5. v. t. To tell in verse, or poetry.

6. v. i. To make verses; to versify.

Definition of Verse

1. Noun. A poetic form with regular meter and a fixed rhyme scheme. ¹

2. Noun. Poetic form in general. ¹

3. Noun. One of several similar units of a song, consisting of several lines, generally rhymed. ¹

4. Noun. A section of the Jewish or Christian Bible corresponding to a sentence in the original.(fact Christian Bible verses do not seem to necessarily correspond to sentences.) ¹

5. Verb. To educate about, to teach about. ¹

6. Verb. (obsolete) To compose verses. ¹

7. Verb. (colloquial) To oppose, to be an opponent for, as in a game, contest or battle. ¹

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Definition of Verse

1. to versify [v VERSED, VERSING, VERSES] - See also: versify

Medical Definition of Verse

1. 1. A line consisting of a certain number of metrical feet (see Foot, 9) disposed according to metrical rules. Verses are of various kinds, as hexameter, pentameter, tetrameter, etc, according to the number of feet in each. A verse of twelve syllables is called an Alexandrine. Two or more verses form a stanza or strophe. 2. Metrical arrangement and language; that which is composed in metrical form; versification; poetry. "Such prompt eloquence Flowed from their lips in prose or numerous verse." (Milton) "Virtue was taught in verse." (Prior) "Verse embalms virtue." (Donne) 3. A short division of any composition. Specifically: A stanza; a stave; as, a hymn of four verses. Although this use of verse is common, it is objectionable, because not always distinguishable from the stricter use in the sense of a line. One of the short divisions of the chapters in the Old and new Testaments. The author of the division of the Old Testament into verses is not ascertained. The new Testament was divided into verses by Robert Stephens [or Estienne], a French printer. This arrangement appeared for the first time in an edition printed at Geneva, in 1551. A portion of an anthem to be performed by a single voice to each part. 4. A piece of poetry. "This verse be thine." Blank verse, poetry in which the lines do not end in rhymes. Heroic verse. See Heroic. Origin: OE. Vers, AS. Fers, L. Versus a line in writing, and, in poetry, a verse, from vertere, versum, to turn, to turn round; akin to E. Worth to become: cf. F. Vers. See Worth to become, and cf. Advertise, Averse, Controversy, Convert, Divers, Invert, Obverse, Prose, Suzerain, Vortex. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Verse

vers libre
verse (current term)
verse form
verse line
versed sine
versed sines

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