AskDefine | Define verse

Dictionary Definition



1 literature in metrical form [syn: poetry, poesy]
2 a piece of poetry [syn: rhyme]
3 a line of metrical text [syn: verse line]


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"

User Contributed Dictionary



partly Old English vers; partly < Old French vers; both < Latin versus, (originally) row, furrow < vertere turn around



  1. A poetic form with regular meter and a fixed rhyme scheme.
    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.
    Note the shift in tone between the first verse and the second.
  4. In the context of "fandom": A specific fictional universe.


A poetic form with regular meter and a fixed rhyme scheme
  • Croatian: stih, vers
  • Czech: verš
  • Hebrew:
  • Kurdish:
  • Serbian: stih
Poetic form in general
  • Croatian: stih, vers
  • Czech: verš
  • Hebrew:
  • Serbian: stih
One of several similar units of a song, consisting of several lines, generally rhymed
  • Dutch: couplet
  • Hebrew:
  • Serbian: stih




  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, verser#French|verser
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, verser#French|verser
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, verser#French|verser



  1. Reflexive infinitive of ver

Extensive Definition

Verse may refer to:
Verse is a section of a paragraph
Verses may also refer to:
verse in Czech: Verš
verse in German: Vers
verse in Spanish: Verso
verse in Esperanto: Verso
verse in French: Vers
verse in Macedonian: Стих
verse in Dutch: Gedicht
verse in Polish: Wiersz
verse in Portuguese: Verso
verse in Russian: Вирши
verse in Walloon: Arimea

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

English sonnet, Horatian ode, Italian sonnet, Petrarchan sonnet, Pindaric ode, Sapphic ode, Shakespearean sonnet, Spenserian stanza, acquaint, adage, advertise, advertise of, advise, alba, ana, anacreontic, anacrusis, analects, antistrophe, aphorism, apothegm, apprise, article, avant-propos, axiom, back matter, balada, ballad, ballade, bass passage, book, bourdon, breakthrough, bridge, brief, bring word, bucolic, burden, byword, cadence, canso, canto, catchword, chanson, chapter, chorus, clause, clerihew, climb Parnassus, coda, collected sayings, column, communicate, compose poetry, couplet, current saying, development, dictate, dictum, dirge, disclose, distich, dithyramb, division, eclogue, elegize, elegy, enlighten, envoi, epic, epigram, epithalamium, epode, epopee, epopoeia, epos, exordium, exposition, expression, familiarize, fascicle, figure, folderol, folio, foreword, front matter, frontispiece, gathering, georgic, ghazel, give notice, give the facts, give word, gnome, golden saying, haiku, harmonic close, heptastich, hexastich, idyll, inform, innovation, installment, instruct, interlude, intermezzo, introduction, introductory phrase, jingle, lay, leap, leave word, let know, limerick, line, lisp in numbers, livraison, lyric, madrigal, make immortal verse, maxim, measure, mention to, monody, monostich, moral, mot, motto, mount Pegasus, movement, musical phrase, musical sentence, musical thought, narrative poem, notify, number, nursery rhyme, octastich, octave, octet, ode, oracle, ornament, ottava rima, overture, page, palinode, paragraph, part, passage, pastoral, pastoral elegy, pastorela, pastourelle, pentastich, period, phrase, pithy saying, poem, poesy, poetize, poetry, postulate, preamble, precept, preface, prefix, prefixture, preliminary, prelude, premise, prescript, presupposition, proem, prolegomena, prolegomenon, prolepsis, prologue, protasis, prothalamium, proverb, proverbial saying, proverbs, quatrain, refrain, report, resolution, response, rhyme, rhyme royal, ritornello, rondeau, rondel, roundel, roundelay, rune, satire, saw, saying, section, send word, sentence, sententious expression, septet, serial, serve notice, sestet, sestina, sextet, sheet, signature, sing, sing deathless songs, sloka, song, sonnet, sonnet sequence, speak, stanza, statement, stave, stock saying, strain, strophe, sutra, syllable, tailpiece, tanka, teaching, tell, tenso, tenzone, tercet, terza rima, tetrastich, text, the supreme fiction, threnody, triolet, triplet, tristich, troubadour poem, tutti, tutti passage, variation, verselet, versicle, versify, villanelle, virelay, volume, voluntary, wisdom, wisdom literature, wise saying, witticism, word, words of wisdom, write poetry
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