verse

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v verse familiarize through thorough study or experience "She versed herself in Roman archeology"
    • v verse compose verses or put into verse "He versified the ancient saga"
    • n verse a piece of poetry
    • n verse a line of metrical text
    • n verse literature in metrical form
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119, which is 176 verses
    • Verse A line consisting of a certain number of metrical feet (see Foot n., 9) disposed according to metrical rules.
    • Verse A piece of poetry. "This verse be thine."
    • Verse A portion of an anthem to be performed by a single voice to each part.
    • Verse A short division of any composition.
    • Verse A stanza; a stave; as, a hymn of four verses .
    • Verse 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 ."
      "Virtue was taught in verse .""Verse embalms virtue."
    • Verse One of the short divisions of the chapters in the Old and New Testaments.
    • v. i Verse To make verses; to versify. "It is not rhyming and versing that maketh a poet."
    • v. t Verse To tell in verse, or poetry. "Playing on pipes of corn and versing love."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses
    • verse To turn; revolve, as in meditation.
    • n verse In prosody: A succession of feet (colon or period) written or printed in one line; a line: as, a poem of three hundred verses; hence, a type of metrical composition, as represented by a metrical line; a meter. A verse may be catalectic, dimeter, trimeter, iambic, dactylic, rimed, unrimed, alliterative, etc.
    • n verse A type of metrical composition, represented by a group of lines; a kind of stanza: as, Spencerian verse; hence, a stanza: as, the first verse of a (rimed) hymn.
    • n verse A specimen of metrical composition; a piece of poetry; a poem.
    • n verse Metrical composition in general; versification; hence, poetical composition; poetry, especially as involving metrical form: opposed to prose.
    • n verse A succession of words written in one line; hence, a sentence, or part of a sentence, written, or fitted to be written, as one line; a Stich or stichos. It was a custom in ancient times to write prosaic as well as metrical books in lines of average length. (See colometry, stichometry.) This custom was continued especially in writing the poetical books of the Bible, which, though not metrical in form, are composed in balanced clauses, and in liturgical forms taken from or similar to these.
    • n verse Hence— In liturgies, a sentence, or part of a sentence, usually from the Scriptures, especially from the Book of Psalms, said alternately by an officiant or leader and the choir or people: specifically, the sentence, clause, or phrase said by the officiant or leader, as distinguished from the response of the choir or congregation; a versicle. In the hour-offices a verse is especially a sentence following the responsory after a lesson. In the gradual the second sentence is called a verse, and also that following the alleluia. Also versus.
    • n verse In church music, a passage or movement for a single voice or for soloists, as contrasted with chorus; also, a soloist who sings such a passage
    • n verse A short division of a chapter in any book of Scripture, usually forming one sentence, or part of a long sentence or period. The present division of verses in the old Testament is inherited, with modifications, from the masoretic division of verses (pesū qīm), and has been used in Latin and other versions since 1528. The present division of verses in the New Testament was made by Robert Stephanus, on a horseback journey from Paris to Lyons, in an edition published in 1551. In English versions the verses were first marked in the Geneva Bible of 1560.
    • n verse A similar division in any book.
    • verse To relate or express in verse; turn into verse or rime.
    • verse To make verses.
    • verse In heraldry, reversed or turned in a direction unusual to the bearing in question. Also renverse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are 158 verses in the Greek National Anthem
    • n Verse vers a line of poetry: metrical arrangement and language: poetry: a stanza: a short division of any composition, esp. of the chapters of the Bible, originally confined to the metrical books, applied first to whole Bible in 1528:
    • v.t Verse to relate in verse
    • v.t Verse to relate in verse: to turn into verse:—pa.t. and pa.p. ver′sifīed
    • adj Verse (her.) reversed or turned in an unusual direction.—Also Renverse
    • n Verse vers (mus.) a portion of an anthem to be performed by a single voice to each part
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Quotations

  • John Milton
    John%20Milton
    “Deep versed in books and shallow in himself.”
  • Victor Hugo
    Victor%20Hugo
    “I'd rather be hissed at for a good verse, than applauded for a bad one.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “The powerful play goes on -- and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?”
  • John Barrymore
    John%20Barrymore
    “I've read some of your modern free verse and wonder who set it free.”
  • Robert Frost
    Robert%20Frost
    “I would as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “The man is either mad, or he is making verses.”

Idioms

Chapter and verse - When you know something very well, and can quote it, you know it chapter and verse.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fers—L. versus, vorsus, a line, furrow, turning—vertĕre, to turn; influenced by O. Fr. vers.

Usage

In literature:

Every verse, every half verse, adds a characterizing circumstance, a vivifying image.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
Can one attach much importance to opinions expressed in verse?
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
His verse runs like the tap, and his invention as the barrel, ebbs and flows at the mercy of the spiggot.
"Microcosmography" by John Earle
I was just reading the thirtieth verse: 'As he spake these words many believed on him.
"The Chautauqua Girls At Home" by Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden
And I give them in verse where the form is more obvious and can be shown in briefer space than in stories.
"Here and Now Story Book" by Lucy Sprague Mitchell
And then what a number of subscriptions to charities, and what innocent verses!
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Artha should be learnt from the king's officers, and from merchants who may be versed in the ways of commerce.
"The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana" by Vatsyayana
He put forth a large folio of miscellaneous verses, which, we believe, has never been reprinted.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
A stanza is a group of verses, but these verses are not necessarily of the same length.
"English: Composition and Literature" by W. F. (William Franklin) Webster
Jonas knows such pages of funny verses, and there are some in Latin.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
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In poetry:

"Lies one I saw on earth;
One stricken from his birth
With curse
Of destinate verse.
"To The Dead Cardinal Of Westminster" by Francis Thompson
'How piteous were her wrongs,
Her words were falling dew,
All pleasant verse she knew,
But not the Song of songs.'
"Enough" by Digby Mackworth Dolben
FRIEND if all these verses die:
Soon will you, and soon will I
But, if any word should live,
Then that word to you I give.
"A Dedication" by Herbert Ashley Asquith
I cannot write old verses here,
Dead things a thousand years away,
When all the life of the young year
Is in the summer day.
"To ----" by George MacDonald
Songs as sweet as summer brings,
To your flowery lawn should fly
If my verses had the wings—
Wings of birds that haunt the sky.
"If My Verses Had The Wings" by Victor Marie Hugo
"Our harps with dead men's memories weep.
Welsh bards to you will sing
One changeless verse - our blackest curse
To blast your soul, O king!"
"The Bard Of Wales" by Janos Arany

In news:

As I take on the responsibility of representing our organization, I recall the words of that great master of verse Willie Nelson.
For those not well-versed in their comic book movies, the subject line is a little too appropriate for today.
FREDY NEPTUNE A Novel in Verse.
Each verse runs about 25k and guess what the cheapest things are.
New York City poet Steve Dalachinsky has performed his verse for decades, collaborating with downtown legends like William Parker, Daniel Carter and Vernon Reid.
The Spurs' multi-talented guard is one of the most well-versed pitchmen to play for this franchise.
It has six short verses and 100 words.
Drake admits to sharing women with Lil Wayne in GQ verse… Check out the video Drake made exclusively for GQ as he's featured in the April edition.
Richard Hell, then Richard Meyers, ran away from home at age 17 to come to New York and be a poet -- a romantic journey, tied as much to vices as verses.
"I love your verses with all my heart, dear Miss Barrett.".
Salman Rushdie 's latest book, "Joseph Anton," is a memoir of living under threat of death for writing the novel, "The Satanic Verses," in which Rushdie used narrative elements from Islam.
Iranian leader jokes about death threat on 'The Satanic Verses' author Rushdie.
First off all, she is obviously well versed with weapons.
Verses prohibited on game banners.
Poet Calvin Trillin Puts Presidential Politics In Verse.
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In science:

Looking at the plot of momentum verses time, we notice that at early times, the first order case generates higher positive velocities initially than the second order case, as the model relaxes to the grid.
Mapping Initial Hydrostatic Models in Godunov Codes
Figure 16 shows the kinetic energy verses time for an isothermal atmosphere with 2ndorder differencing and 2nd-order constant-temperature boundary conditions.
Mapping Initial Hydrostatic Models in Godunov Codes
Con∞ (v ) ⊃ T X ∞ (v ′ ), then by Lemma 5.6, (ii), we have that versely, if T X ∞(v ) ⊃ T Z ∞ (v ′ ).
Arcs, valuations and the Nash map
Incidentally, within this approach, results got for hadrons can yield information about the corresponding multi-verses, and viceversa.
Multi-verses, Micro-universes and Elementary Particles (Hadrons)
As a further prerequisite, the masses mq of the active quark flavours must be light on the scale of the in verse effective I -size 1/ρeff , i. e. mq · ρeff ≪ 1.
Instanton-Induced Processes - An Overview
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