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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)

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.

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. ..."