verse

A poem — especially one that rhymes — is called verse. The children's author Dr. Seuss wrote in verse, and the regular rhymes of "The Cat in the Hat" helped generations of children learn to read.

In music, a verse is a section of a song that's often followed by a chorus. Many people can sing the chorus to "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," but few realize there are also verses, including one that starts, "Katie Casey was baseball mad." Verse comes from the Latin word versus, which means a line of writing and is based on the Proto-Indo-European root wer, meaning to turn or bend.

Primary Meanings of verse

1.
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a piece of poetry
compose verses or put into verse
2.
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familiarize through thorough study or experience
Full Definitions of verse
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n a piece of poetry

Synonyms:
rhyme
Types:
clerihew
a witty satiric verse containing two rhymed couplets and mentioning a famous person
doggerel, doggerel verse, jingle
a comic verse of irregular measure
limerick
a humorous verse form of 5 anapestic lines with a rhyme scheme aabba
Type of:
poem, verse form
a composition written in metrical feet forming rhythmical lines

n literature in metrical form

Synonyms:
poesy, poetry
Types:
epos
a body of poetry that conveys the traditions of a society by treating some epic theme
epic poetry, heroic poetry
poetry celebrating the deeds of some hero
Type of:
genre, literary genre, writing style
a style of expressing yourself in writing

n a line of metrical text

Synonyms:
verse line
Types:
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iambic
a verse line consisting of iambs
Adonic, Adonic line
a verse line with a dactyl followed by a spondee or trochee; supposedly used in laments by Adonis
tetrameter
a verse line having four metrical feet
pentameter
a verse line having five metrical feet
hexameter
a verse line having six metrical feet
octameter
a verse line having eight metrical feet
octosyllable
a verse line having eight syllables or a poem of octosyllabic lines
decasyllable
a verse line having ten syllables
Type of:
line
text consisting of a row of words written across a page or computer screen

v compose verses or put into verse

Synonyms:
poetise, poetize, versify
Types:
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metrify
compose in poetic meter
spondaise, spondaize
make spondaic
elegise, elegize
compose an elegy
sonnet
compose a sonnet
Type of:
compose, indite, pen, write
produce a literary work
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v familiarize through thorough study or experience

“She versed herself in Roman archeology”
Type of:
acquaint, familiarise, familiarize
make familiar or conversant with

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