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verse


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Verse  \Verse\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Versed};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Versing}.] 
  To  tell  in  verse,  or  poetry.  [Obs.] 
 
  Playing  on  pipes  of  corn  and  versing  love.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Verse  \Verse\,  v.  i. 
  To  make  verses;  to  versify.  [Obs.] 
 
  It  is  not  rhyming  and  versing  that  maketh  a  poet.  --Sir 
  P.  Sidney. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Verse  \Verse\,  n.  [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}.] 
  1.  A  line  consisting  of  a  certain  number  of  metrical  feet 
  (see  {Foot},  n.,  9)  disposed  according  to  metrical  rules 
 
  Note:  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  A  stanza;  a  stave;  as  a  hymn  of  four  verses. 
 
  Note:  Although  this  use  of  verse  is  common,  it  is 
  objectionable,  because  not  always  distinguishable  from 
  the  stricter  use  in  the  sense  of  a  line 
  b  (Script.)  One  of  the  short  divisions  of  the  chapters 
  in  the  Old  and  New  Testaments. 
 
  Note:  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. 
  c  (Mus.)  A  portion  of  an  anthem  to  be  performed  by  a 
  single  voice  to  each  part 
 
  4.  A  piece  of  poetry.  ``This  verse  be  thine.''  --Pope. 
 
  {Blank  verse},  poetry  in  which  the  lines  do  not  end  in 
  rhymes. 
 
  {Heroic  verse}.  See  under  {Heroic}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  verse 
  n  1:  literature  in  metrical  form  [syn:  {poetry},  {poesy}] 
  2:  a  piece  of  poetry  [syn:  {rhyme}] 
  3:  a  line  of  metrical  text  [syn:  {verse  line}] 
  v  :  compose  verses;  put  into  verse  [syn:  {versify},  {poetize}] 




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