verst

[vurst, verst]
noun
a Russian measure of distance equivalent to 3500 feet or 0.6629 mile or 1.067 kilometers.
Also, verste, werste.


Origin:
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)

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verst (vɛəst, vɜːst)
 
n
a unit of length, used in Russia, equal to 1.067 kilometres (0.6629 miles)
 
[C16: from French verste or German Werst, from Russian versta line]

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verst
1555, Rus. unit of distance measure equal to about two-thirds of a mile, from Fus. versta, related to O.C.S. vrusta "stadium," vruteti (Rus. vertet) "to turn" (see versus).
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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.
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