You can always hear me breathing during my verses, but that breathing becomes part of the music.
A lighted, electronic marquee placed just outside the building scrolls Bible verses every day.
"Look at the mourners/Bloody great hypocrites," goes one of the song's verses.
For critics of Islam, these verses are the smoking gun that proves that Islam is intrinsically violent.
She drew round the verses a garland of flowers, and signed it with her pet name, Lorchen.
Tales are recited, verses chanted, and the singer of a clan makes his version of a popular story.
Who can forbear to lament that this amiable woman has no name in the verses?
I had always before repeated my verses like a parrot, I think; but this came home to me.
There is something in your verses as distinguished as your air.
Perhaps no verses in English were ever made so exactly in the approved fashion of modern Latin verses.
c.1050, "line or section of a psalm or canticle," later "line of poetry" (late 14c.), from Anglo-French and Old French vers, from Latin versus "verse, line of writing," from PIE root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). The metaphor is of plowing, of "turning" from one line to another (vertere = "to turn") as a plowman does.
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]Old English had fers, an early West Germanic borrowing directly from Latin. Meaning "metrical composition" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "part of a modern pop song" (as distinguished from the chorus) is attested from 1927. The English New Testament first was divided fully into verses in the Geneva version (1550s).
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.
(also diarrhea of the mouth) Logorrhea; uncontrollable loquaciousness: You've got verbal diarrhea (1940s+)