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v. ver·si·fied, ver·si·fy·ing, ver·si·fies
1. To change from prose into metrical form.
2. To treat or tell in verse: versify stories from the Bible.
To write verses.

[Middle English versifien, from Old French versifier, from Latin versificāre : versus, verse; see verse1 + -ficāre, -fy.]

ver′si·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
ver′si·fi′er n.


1. (Poetry) the technique or art of versifying
2. (Poetry) the form or metrical composition of a poem
3. (Poetry) a metrical version of a prose text


(ˌvɜr sə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən)

1. the act of versifying.
2. verse form; metrical structure.
3. a metrical version of something.
4. the art of composing verses.
[1595–1605; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.versification - a metrical adaptation of something (e.g., of a prose text)
adaptation, version - a written work (as a novel) that has been recast in a new form; "the play is an adaptation of a short novel"
2.versification - the form or metrical composition of a poem
form - an arrangement of the elements in a composition or discourse; "the essay was in the form of a dialogue"; "he first sketches the plot in outline form"
poetic rhythm, rhythmic pattern, prosody - (prosody) a system of versification
rhyme, rime - correspondence in the sounds of two or more lines (especially final sounds)
3.versification - the art or practice of writing verse
authorship, penning, writing, composition - the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship"


[ˌvɜːsɪfɪˈkeɪʃən] Nversificación f


n (= act)Versbildung f; (= style)Versform f; (= rules)Verskunst f
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Not merely the manner of presentment, the substance, and also the style and versification have undergone a change.
I also learnt history, and was instructed in poetry, versification, geography, chronology, and in all the outdoor exercises in which every prince should excel.
And that this is the truth may be seen by the countless plays that a most fertile wit of these kingdoms has written, with so much brilliancy, so much grace and gaiety, such polished versification, such choice language, such profound reflections, and in a word, so rich in eloquence and elevation of style, that he has filled the world with his fame; and yet, in consequence of his desire to suit the taste of the actors, they have not all, as some of them have, come as near perfection as they ought.
The versification although carrying the fanciful to the very verge of the fantastic, is nevertheless admirably adapted to the wild insanity which is the thesis of the poem.
Although the rhythm here is one of the most difficult, the versification could scarcely be improved.
He improved on the versification of Wyatt's sonnets, securing fluency and smoothness.
Crupp was a martyr to a curious disorder called 'the spazzums', which was generally accompanied with inflammation of the nose, and required to be constantly treated with peppermint; secondly, that something peculiar in the temperature of my pantry, made the brandy-bottles burst; thirdly, that I was alone in the world, and much given to record that circumstance in fragments of English versification.
in which his youth had been passed, will, no doubt, apply the habits, if not the principles and practice, of versification in that tongue in which a poet was said (unless I mistake) to be born, not made, to the more eminently practical field of action on which he enters.
The late Carleon Anthony, the poet, sang in his time of the domestic and social amenities of our age with a most felicitous versification, his object being, in his own words, "to glorify the result of six thousand years' evolution towards the refinement of thought, manners and feelings.
His edition takes the classic form: an introduction of some fifty pages, covering topics such as the career of Gringore, the historical and religious background, language and versification, staging, and a literary-dramatic analysis.
These have produced distinct kinds of versification, among which the most common are quantitative, syllabic, accentual, and accentual-syllabic.
If accent is one of the presiding preoccupations of this colloquium, then critical hesitations about it can no doubt be attributed to its ambiguous status (linguistic, paralinguistic, metrical); it is little surprise that it leaves Michele Aquien ('La fronde de l'accent') in the equivocal position of affirming: 'La notion d'accent est artificielle et peu operante en metrique; mais je ne vois pas comment la poetique et la versification pourraient s'en passer sans appauvrir considerablement l'analyse' (p.