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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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VERSE, noun vers. [Latin versus; verto, to turn.]

1. In poetry, a line, consisting of a certain number of long and short syllables, disposed according to the rules of the species of poetry which the author intends to compose. Verses are of various kinds, as hexameter, pentameter, and tetrameter, etc. according to the number of feet in each. A verse of twelve syllables is called an Alexandrian or Alexandrine. Two or more verses form a stanza or strophe.

2. Poetry; metrical language.

Virtue was taught in verse

VERSE embalms virtue.

3. A short division of any composition, particularly of the chapters in the Scriptures. The author of the division of the Old Testament into verses, is not ascertained. The New Testament was divided into verses by Robert Stephens.

4. A piece of poetry.

5. A portion of an anthem to be performed by a single voice to each part.

6. In a song or ballad, a stanza is called a verse

Blank verse poetry in which the lines do not end in rhymes.

Heroic verse usually consists of ten syllables, or in English, of five accented syllables, constituting five feet.

VERSE, verb transitive To tell in verse; to relate poetically.

Playing on pipes of corn, and versing love.

To be versed, [Latin vesor.] to be well skilled; to be acquainted with; as, to be versed in history or in geometry.