verse
I. noun Etymology: Middle English vers, fers, from Anglo-French vers & Old English fers, both from Latin versus, literally, turning, from vertere to turn — more at worth Date: before 12th century 1. a line of metrical writing 2. a. (1) metrical language (2) metrical writing distinguished from poetry especially by its lower level of intensity (3) poetry 2 b. poem c. a body of metrical writing (as of a period or country) 3. stanza 4. one of the short divisions into which a chapter of the Bible is traditionally divided II. verb (versed; versing) Date: before 12th century intransitive verb to make verse ; versify transitive verb 1. to tell or celebrate in verse 2. to turn into verse III. transitive verb (versed; versing) Etymology: back-formation from versed, from Latin versatus, past participle of versari to be active, be occupied (in), passive of versare to turn Date: 1599 to familiarize by close association, study, or experience <
well versed in the theater
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  • Verse — Verse …   Deutsch Wörterbuch

  • verse — [ vɛrs ] n. f. • 1680; à la verse 1640; de verser 1 ♦ Loc. adv. À VERSE, se dit de la pluie qui tombe en abondance. Il pleuvait à verse. ⇒ averse. « La pluie tombait à verse [...] mais, bravant le mauvais temps, un peuple immense s acheminait »… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • versé — verse [ vɛrs ] n. f. • 1680; à la verse 1640; de verser 1 ♦ Loc. adv. À VERSE, se dit de la pluie qui tombe en abondance. Il pleuvait à verse. ⇒ averse. « La pluie tombait à verse [...] mais, bravant le mauvais temps, un peuple immense s… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Verse — Verse, n. [OE. vers, AS. fers, L. versus a line in writing, and, in poetry, a verse, from vertere, versum, to turn, to turn round; akin to E. worth to become: cf. F. vers. See {Worth} to become, and cf. {Advertise}, {Averse}, {Controversy},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • verse — 1. (vèr s ) s. f. 1°   Terme d agriculture. État des céréales couchées à terre par la pluie ou toute autre cause. La verse des blés. 2°   Terme d eaux et forêts. Grande corbeille de charbon, qui en contient 35 livres. 3°   À verse, loc. adv. Se… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Verse — Die Verse am Bremecker Hammer in LüdenscheidVorlage:Infobox Fluss/KARTE fehlt …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • versé — versé, ée (vèr sé, sée) part. passé de verser. 1°   Qui a coulé hors de ce qui le contenait. Vin versé. Sang versé.    Fig. •   Les grâces, les honneurs par moi seule versés, RAC. Brit. III, 4. 2°   Renversé. Voiture versée. Blés versés. Foin… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • verse — [və:s US və:rs] n [Date: 900 1000; : Old French; Origin: vers, from Latin versus turning, verse , from vertere to turn ] 1.) a set of lines that forms one part of a song, poem, or a book such as the Bible or the Koran ▪ Let s sing the last verse… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • verse — 1 Verse, stanza both mean a unit of metrical writing. Verse is both wider and more varied in its popular usage since it can denote a single line of such writing, such writing as a class, or, along with stanza, a group of lines forming a division… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • versé — Versé, [vers]ée. part. Il signifie aussi, Exercé, experimenté. C est un homme bien versé dans les finances, dans les negociations. il est versé dans la lecture des poëtes. versé dans la philosophie …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • verse — [vʉrs] n. [ME vers < OE fers & OFr vers, both < L versus, a turning, verse, line, row, pp. of vertere, to turn < IE * wert , to turn < base * wer > WARP, WORM, WARDS] 1. a sequence of words arranged metrically in accordance with… …   English World dictionary

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