1. A line consisting of a certain number of metrical feet (see Foot, n., 9) disposed according to metrical rules.
Note: ☞ Verses are of various kinds, as hexameter, pentameter, tetrameter, etc., according to the number of feet in each. A verse of twelve syllables is called an Alexandrine. Two or more verses form a stanza or strophe.
2. Metrical arrangement and language; that which is composed in metrical form; versification; poetry.
Such prompt eloquence
Flowed from their lips in prose or numerous verse. --Milton.
Virtue was taught in verse. --Prior.
Verse embalms virtue. --Donne.
3. A short division of any composition. Specifically: --
(a) A stanza; a stave; as, a hymn of four verses.
Note: ☞ Although this use of verse is common, it is objectionable, because not always distinguishable from the stricter use in the sense of a line.
(b) Script. One of the short divisions of the chapters in the Old and New Testaments.
Note: ☞ The author of the division of the Old Testament into verses is not ascertained. The New Testament was divided into verses by Robert Stephens [or Estienne], a French printer. This arrangement appeared for the first time in an edition printed at Geneva, in 1551.
(c) Mus. A portion of an anthem to be performed by a single voice to each part.
4. A piece of poetry. “This verse be thine.”
Blank verse, poetry in which the lines do not end in rhymes.
Heroic verse. See under Heroic.
Verse, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Versed p. pr. & vb. n. Versing.] To tell in verse, or poetry. [Obs.]
Playing on pipes of corn and versing love. --Shak.
Verse, v. i. To make verses; to versify. [Obs.]
It is not rhyming and versing that maketh a poet. --Sir P. Sidney.
n 1: literature in metrical form [syn: poetry, poesy]
2: a piece of poetry [syn: rhyme]
3: a line of metrical text [syn: verse line]
v 1: compose verses or put into verse; "He versified the ancient
saga" [syn: versify, poetize, poetise]
2: familiarize through thorough study or experience; "She
versed herself in Roman archeology"