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or verste, werste

[vurst, verst] /vɜrst, vɛrst/
a Russian measure of distance equivalent to 3500 feet or 0.6629 mile or 1.067 kilometers.
Origin of verst
1545-55; < French verste or German Werst < Russian verstá; Old Russian vĭrsta age, agemate, pair, measure of length, cognate with Czech vrstva, Polish warstwa layer, Serbo-Croatian vŕsta sort, kind, OCS vrĭsta age, time of life < Slavic *vĭrsta literally, turn, bend, akin to *vert- turn (v. base), Latin vertere to turn (see convert1, verse) Unabridged
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/vɛəst; vɜːst/
a unit of length, used in Russia, equal to 1.067 kilometres (0.6629 miles)
Word Origin
C16: from French verste or German Werst, from Russian versta line
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Russian unit of distance measure equal to about two-thirds of a mile, 1550s, from Russian versta, related to Old Church Slavonic vrusta "stadium," vruteti (Russian vertet) "to turn" (see versus).

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