Pronunciation: (vûrs), [key]
— n., adj., v., versed, vers•ing.
- (not in technical use) a stanza.
- a succession of metrical feet written, printed, or orally composed as one line; one of the lines of a poem.
- a particular type of metrical line: a hexameter verse.
- a poem, or piece of poetry.
- metrical composition; poetry, esp. as involving metrical form.
- metrical writing distinguished from poetry because of its inferior quality: a writer of verse, not poetry.
- a particular type of metrical composition: elegiac verse.
- the collective poetry of an author, period, nation, etc.: Miltonian verse; American verse.
- one of the short conventional divisions of a chapter of the Bible.
- that part of a song following the introduction and preceding the chorus.
- a part of a song designed to be sung by a solo voice.
- a line of prose, esp. a sentence, or part of a sentence, written as one line.
- a subdivision in any literary work.
- of, pertaining to, or written in verse: a verse play.
- to express in verse.
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