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Related to verses: versus
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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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.]
tr.v. versed, vers·ing, vers·es
To familiarize by study or experience: He versed himself in philosophy.
[Latin versāre; see versatile.]
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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