verste

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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