American English

Definition of verse noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] writing that is arranged in lines, often with a regular rhythm or pattern of rhyme synonym poetry Most of the play is written in verse, but some of it is in prose. see also blank verse, free verse
  2. 2[countable] a group of lines that form a unit in a poem or song a hymn with six verses
  3. 3verses [plural] (old-fashioned) poetry a book of romantic verses
  4. 4[countable] any one of the short numbered divisions of a chapter in the Bible
  5. Idioms
    chapter and verse
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    the exact details of something, especially the exact place where particular information may be found I can't give chapter and verse, but that's the rough outline of our legal position.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: verse