Verse

Definition of Verse

Pronunciation: vẽrst
n.1.A line consisting of a certain number of metrical feet (see Foot, n., 9) disposed according to metrical rules.
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.
4.A stanza; a stave; as, a hymn of four verses.
4.A piece of poetry.
Blank verse
poetry in which the lines do not end in rhymes.
Heroic verse
See under Heroic.
5.(Script.) One of the short divisions of the chapters in the Old and New Testaments.
6.(Mus.) A portion of an anthem to be performed by a single voice to each part.
v. t.1.To tell in verse, or poetry.
[imp. & p. p. Versed (vẽrst); p. pr. & vb. n. Versing.]
Playing on pipes of corn and versing love.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To make verses; to versify.
It is not rhyming and versing that maketh a poet.
- Sir P. Sidney.

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