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A Russian measure of linear distance equivalent to about two thirds of a mile.
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(Units) a unit of length, used in Russia, equal to 1.067 kilometres (0.6629 miles)
[C16: from French verste or German Werst, from Russian versta line]
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or verste(vɜrst, vɛrst)
a Russian measure of distance equivalent to 3500 feet or 0.6629 mile (1.067 km).
[1545–55; « Russian verstá; Old Russian vĭrsta age, agemate, pair, measure of length < Slavic *vĭrsta literally, turn, bend, akin to Latin vertere to turn (see verse)]
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