Definition of verse noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//vɜːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//vɜːrs//
    Religious texts, Describing music, Poetry
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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 Wordfindercouplet, image, lyric, poetry, recite, refrain, rhyme, scansion, stanza, verse See related entries: Poetry
  2. 2[countable] a group of lines that form a unit in a poem or song a hymn with six verses See related entries: Describing music
  3. 3verses [plural] (old-fashioned) poetry a book of comic verses
  4. 4[countable] any one of the short numbered divisions of a chapter in the Bible She always read a few verses from the Bible before going to bed. See related entries: Religious texts
  5. Word OriginOld English fers, from Latin versus ‘a turn of the plough, a furrow, a line of writing’, from vertere ‘to turn’; reinforced in Middle English by Old French vers, from Latin versus.Idioms 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.
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