Definition of


  1. (noun, communication) a piece of poetry
  2. (noun, communication) a line of metrical text
  3. (noun, communication) literature in metrical form
  4. (verb, communication) familiarize through thorough study or experience
  5. (verb, creation) compose verses or put into verse

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Origin of the word Verse

  1. c.1050, "line or section of a psalm or canticle," later "line of poetry" (c.1369), from Anglo-Fr. and O.Fr. vers, from L. versus "verse, line of writing," from PIE base *wer- "to turn, bend" (see versus). The metaphor is of plowing, of "turning" from one line to another (vertere = "to turn") as a plowman does. O.E. had fers, an early W.Gmc. bo… more

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