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verse



Pronunciation: (vûrs), [key]
n., adj., v., versed, vers•ing.


n.
1. (not in technical use) a stanza.
2. a succession of metrical feet written, printed, or orally composed as one line; one of the lines of a poem.
3. a particular type of metrical line: a hexameter verse.
4. a poem, or piece of poetry.
5. metrical composition; poetry, esp. as involving metrical form.
6. metrical writing distinguished from poetry because of its inferior quality: a writer of verse, not poetry.
7. a particular type of metrical composition: elegiac verse.
8. the collective poetry of an author, period, nation, etc.: Miltonian verse; American verse.
9. one of the short conventional divisions of a chapter of the Bible.
10. Music.
a. that part of a song following the introduction and preceding the chorus.
b. a part of a song designed to be sung by a solo voice.
11. Rare.a line of prose, esp. a sentence, or part of a sentence, written as one line.
12. Rare.a subdivision in any literary work.

adj.
of, pertaining to, or written in verse: a verse play.

v.i.
versify.

v.t.
to express in verse.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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