Definition of "verse" []

  • A single metrical line in a poetic composition; one line of poetry. (noun)
  • A division of a metrical composition, such as a stanza of a poem or hymn. (noun)
  • A poem. (noun)
  • Metrical or rhymed composition as distinct from prose; poetry. (noun)
  • The art or work of a poet. (noun)
  • (not in technical usage) a stanza or other short subdivision of a poem (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Poetry as distinct from prose (noun)
  • A series of metrical feet forming a rhythmic unit of one line (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A specified type of metre or metrical structure (noun)
  • One of the series of short subsections into which most of the writings in the Bible are divided (noun)
  • A metrical composition; poem (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "verse" in a sentence
  • "Eusebius [276] and Cyril [277] having quoted 'the parable of the wicked husbandmen' _in extenso_ (viz. from verse 33 to verse 43), _leave off at verse_ 43."
  • "I remember the great English poet, William Morris, coming in a381 rage out of some lecture hall where somebody had recited some passage out of his Sigurd the Volsung, ‘It gave me a devil of a lot of trouble’, said Morris, ‘to get that thing into verse’.382 It gave me the devil of a lot of trouble to get into verse the poems that I am going to read and that is why I will not read them as if they were prose."
  • "Since Qur'an is not poetry, the term verse is not appropriate. ..."