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[vurst, verst] /vɜrst, vɛrst/
a Russian measure of distance equivalent to 3500 feet or 0.6629 mile or 1.067 kilometers.
Also, verste, werste.
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 convert, verse) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for verst
  • verst stated that the vote takes effect immediately.
  • verst stated he reviewed the proposed budget and all appears to be in order.
  • verst reported that he had nothing further to report.
  • verst advised she had nothing further to report at this meeting.
  • verst strongly encouraged neighbors and citizens to report parties at which underage drinking is taking place.
  • verst then stated his recommendation that the permit be granted.
  • verst stated he will make certain the transfer is accomplished utilizing a quit claim deed.
British Dictionary definitions for verst


/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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Word Origin and History for verst

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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