verse
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ˈvɝs/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈvɜːs/

Noun

verse

  1. A poetic form with regular meter and a fixed rhyme scheme.
    Synonyms: poetry
    Restoration literature is well known for its carefully constructed verse.
  2. Poetic form in general.
    The restrictions of verse have been steadily relaxed over time.
  3. One of several similar units of a song, consisting of several lines, generally rhymed.
    Synonyms: stanza
    Note the shift in tone between the first verse and the second.
  4. A small section of the Jewish or Christian Bible.
    holonyms en
  5. (music) A portion of an anthem to be performed by a single voice to each part.
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Verb

verse (verses, present participle versing; past and past participle versed)

  1. (obsolete) To compose verses.
    • It is not rhyming and versing that maketh a poet.
  2. (transitive) To tell in verse, or poetry.
    • c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      playing on pipes of corn and versing love

Verb

verse (verses, present participle versing; past and past participle versed)

  1. to educate about, to teach about.
    He versed us in the finer points of category theory.

Verb

verse (verses, present participle versing; past and past participle versed)

  1. (colloquial) To oppose, to compete against, especially in a video game.
    Verse him, G!



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