|1.||(not in technical usage) a stanza or other short subdivision of a poem|
|2.||poetry as distinct from prose|
|3.||a. a series of metrical feet forming a rhythmic unit of one line|
|b. (as modifier): verse line|
|4.||a specified type of metre or metrical structure: iambic verse|
|5.||one of the series of short subsections into which most of the writings in the Bible are divided|
|6.||a metrical composition; poem|
|7.||a rare word for versify|
|[Old English vers, from Latin versus a furrow, literally: a turning (of the plough), from vertere to turn]|
"Verse was invented as an aid to memory. Later it was preserved to increase pleasure by the spectacle of difficulty overcome. That it should still survive in dramatic art is a vestige of barbarism." [Stendhal, "De L'Amour," 1822]
A kind of language made intentionally different from ordinary speech or prose. It usually employs devices such as meter and rhyme, though not always. Free verse, for example, has neither meter nor rhyme. Verse is usually considered a broader category than poetry, with the latter being reserved to mean verse that is serious and genuinely artistic.
see chapter and verse.