- Word History, Word Explorer
|part of speech:
||poetry or a poem.
He bought a book of verse.
- similar words:
- poem, poetry
||one line or one section of a poem.
We memorized three verses of the poem.
||a section of a song.
Most people know only the first verse of "America the Beautiful."
The word verse
goes back to the Latin versus
, which means "a line of writing or poetry." This Latin word came from another Latin word, vertere
, which means "to turn." What did lines of poetry have to do with turning? Think of the action of a farmer plowing a field, turning around at the end of one plowed row or line to make another line for planting. Note: Vert-
is an important Latin word-part, or root, in the English language: you can find it in the words convert
(to turn something into something else), invert
(to turn something upside-down) and vertigo
, the word doctors use for "dizziness."