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stanzas; poems or pieces of poetry: She recited verses from her latest poem.
Not to be confused with:
versus – against; as compared to; in contrast with: a partial compromise versus total defeat
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verse 1

a. A single metrical line in a poetic composition; one line of poetry.
b. A division of a metrical composition, such as a stanza of a poem or hymn.
c. A poem.
2. Metrical or rhymed composition as distinct from prose; poetry.
a. The art or work of a poet.
b. A group of poems: read a book of satirical verse.
4. Metrical writing that lacks depth or artistic merit.
5. A particular type of metrical composition, such as blank verse or free verse.
6. One of the numbered subdivisions of a chapter in the Bible.
tr. & intr.v. versed, vers·ing, vers·es
To versify or engage in versifying.

[Middle English vers, from Old English fers and from Old French vers, both from Latin versus, from past participle of vertere, to turn; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

verse 2

tr.v. versed, vers·ing, vers·es
To familiarize by study or experience: He versed himself in philosophy.

[Latin versāre; see versatile.]

verse 3

tr.v. versed, vers·ing, vers·es Slang
To play against (an opponent) in a competition.

[Probably back-formation from versus taken as verses in such phrases as Boston versus New York.]
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References in classic literature ?
There is also a break or caesura which in five-syllable verses falls after the second syllable and in seven-syllable verses after the fourth.
"Whereupon he presently began to sing verses to the praise of God, which he had never heard, the purport whereof was thus:--
It was in some hundreds of verses, which I did my best to balance as Pope did, with a caesura falling in the middle of the line, and a neat antithesis at the end.
Then Tom girded up his loins, so to speak, and went to work to "get his verses." Sid had learned his lesson days before.
On the salver lay some verses composed and printed in the hero's honor.
It is said that when Homer had recited these verses, they were so admired by the Greeks as to be called golden by them, and that even now at public sacrifices all the guests solemnly recite them before feasts and libations.
"And to begin," continued La Fontaine, following up his idea, "I will go and burn a hundred verses I have just made."
Verses which affect us to-day with a vivid delight, and which delight, in many instances, may be traced to the one source, quaintness, must have worn in the days of their construction, a very commonplace air.
"The author of that book, too," said the curate, "is a great friend of mine, and his verses from his own mouth are the admiration of all who hear them, for such is the sweetness of his voice that he enchants when he chants them: it gives rather too much of its eclogues, but what is good was never yet plentiful: let it be kept with those that have been set apart.
There is another art which imitates by means of language alone, and that either in prose or verse--which, verse, again, may either combine different metres or consist of but one kind--but this has hitherto been without a name.
As that of Seneca's verse. For so much was then subject to demonstration, that the globe of the earth had great parts beyond the Atlantic, which mought be probably conceived not to be all sea: and adding thereto the tradition in Plato's Timaeus, and his Atlanticus, it mought encourage one to turn it to a prediction.
In the ninth paragraph of the Prologue, for instance, it is quite obvious that "Herdsmen" in the verse "Herdsmen, I say, etc., etc.," stands for all those to-day who are the advocates of gregariousness--of the ant-hill.