Versus

Definitions

  • BIBLES VERSUS MELONS
    BIBLES VERSUS MELONS
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • prep Versus Against; as, John Doe versus Richard Roe; -- chiefly used in legal language, and abbreviated to v. or vs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Men have more blood than women. Men have 1.5 gallons for men versus 0.875 gallons for women.
    • versus Against: used chiefly in legal phraseology: as, John Doe versus Richard Roe. Abbreviated v., vs.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • prep Versus ver′sus against, in legal phraseology—abbreviated v. and vs.
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Quotations

  • Larry Adler
    Larry Adler
    “The long term versus the short term argument is one used by losers.”
  • Marianne Moore
    Marianne Moore
    “War is pillage versus resistance and if illusions of magnitude could be transmuted into ideals of magnanimity, peace might be realized.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., toward, turned in the direction of, from vertere, versum, to turn. See Verse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.

Usage

In literature:

German instruction again versus American education!
"Villa Elsa" by Stuart Henry
Brain versus Brawn, vi, 51.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
It's the Old Pioneer versus the Progressive.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
Miss Edgeworth's most striking plea for grown-up-edness versus childish curiosity was elaborated in her story of Frank and his orrery.
"By the Christmas Fire" by Samuel McChord Crothers
The Liberals Versus the Lords: the Elections of January, 1910.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
Julliard versus Greenman, the case of, IV.
"History of the United States, Volume 6 (of 6)" by E. Benjamin Andrews
The Union versus the Confederacy.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No. 6, December 1864" by Various
Never had a Sixth versus School Match been looked forward to with more excitement at Saint Dominic's than the present one.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
All gone in Union versus Secession!
"A Confederate Girl's Diary" by Sarah Margan Dawson
Repetition versus creation, 5, 23.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
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In poetry:

And so the farce ended of Belles versus Blues,
Which caused no great harm and did much to amuse;
But the Burrangong bobbies will place in their cells,
No more maids of the mountains, the bonny bush belles.
"The Maids of the Mountains" by Anonymous Oceania
Ol' Marster, being bound you do your best
versus we coons, spare now a cagey John
a whilom bits that whip:
who'll tell your fortune, when you have confessed
whose & whose woundings—against the innocent stars
& remorseless seas—
"Dream Song 51: Our wounds to time, from all the other times" by John Berryman
The Bar Versus The Docket.
This action was brought to get cash from the pocket
Of a debtor absconding and absent, called Docket—
For damage sustained by the Bar, through the laches Of him by whose means the said Bar cut their dashes.
"Scire Facias" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

In news:

Five-year ownership cost savings versus Lincoln MKZ: $7,001.
High-Intensity Interval Training Versus Continuous Cardio.
Ottawa native Park takes on the nature-versus-nurture debate with a novel of identities lost and regained on a far-flung world.
The KMT's future is Ma Ying-jeou versus Wang Jin -pyng.
Obama Versus Romney, Round Two: Who Won This Debate.
Organizing for America Versus Scott Walker, John Kasich, Etc.
Chancellor (quadriceps) is active for Sunday's contest versus the Jets.
For a discussion of some of the challenges facing pollsters, the Pew Research Center investigated the cellphone-versus- land-line issue in 2010.
As he points out, the question is not between what the outcome is versus what it would have been had we done nothing.
THE STATE VERSUS THE INDIVIDUAL IN THE 21ST CENTURY Edited by Roger Kimball Encounter Books, $25.99, 350 pages.
CHAPEL HILL — Freshman versus first-year.
This week features Emily from Toms River versus Lina from South Plainfield.
On remaining a Met versus being traded.
Del Norte High basketball player Bryce Lund, center, goes for the rebound versus Fortuna at home Thursday evening.
15% versus the underrated Casey Affleck.
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In science:

Results for the number variance, Σ2 (L) versus L are shown in Fig. 3.
Chiral Random Matrix Model for Critical Statistics
In Fig. 6 the logarithm of that quotient is plotted versus ln t for several values of N .
II. Territory covered by N random walkers on stochastic fractals. The percolation aggregate
Plot of ln(− ln h(ℓ, t)) versus ln ˆξ averaged over 2000 two-dimensional incipient percolation clusters.
II. Territory covered by N random walkers on stochastic fractals. The percolation aggregate
Plot of ln dV (ℓ) versus ln ℓ where dV (ℓ) = V (ℓ + 1) − V (ℓ) is the average number of sites in the chemical shell at distance ℓ.
II. Territory covered by N random walkers on stochastic fractals. The percolation aggregate
Log-log plots of Cq (l, τ ) versus l for q = 1, 2, 3. (b) Estimation (◦) of the power law exponent Cq (l, τ ) ∼ lνq .
A multifractal random walk
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