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at a venture.

When they submitted to the most ignomi

confuted in the flames, this must be the height I never yet the tragic strain essay'd, of woe and disappointment, and a bitter con Deterr'd by that inimitable maid: viction of an irrational venture and absurd choice. And when I venture at the comic style,

Soutb. Thy scornful lady seems to mock my toil. 1, in this venture, double gains pursue,

Waller. And laid out all my stock to purchase you.

Though they had ideas enough to distinguish

Dryden. gold from a stone, yet they but timorously see When infinite happiness is put in one scale, tured on such terms as aurietas and sazietas. against infinite misery in the other; if the worst

Locks. that comes to the pious man, if he mistakes, be Turco-Papismus I would desire him to read, the best that the wicked can attain to, if he be before he ventures at capping of characters in the right, who can, without madness, run the

Attebars. venture?

Locke. T. VE'NTURE. v. a. 2. Chance ; hap.

1. To expose to hazard. The king resolved with all speed, to assail the In my school-days, wben I had lost one shaft

, rebels, and yet with that providence and surety I shot his fellow of the self-same fight; as should leave little to venture or fortune.

By vent'ring both, I oft found both. Sbakspeare Bacon.

2. To put or send on a venture. 3. The thing put to hazard; a stake.

The fish ventured for France they pack in My ventures are not in one bottom trusted, staunch hogsheads, so as to keep them in their Nor to one place. Sbakspeare. pickle.

Carrar On such a full sea are we now a-float:

VE'NTURER. 1. s. [from venture.] He And we must take the current when it serves,

who ventures. Or lose our ventures.

Sbakspeare. Thrice happy you, that look as from the shore; VE'NTURESOME. adj. [from venture.] And have no venture in the wreck to see. Daniel. Bold; daring. 4. At a VENTURE. At hazard; without VE'NTURESOMELY. adv. In a bold or

much consideration; without any thing daring manner. more than the hope of a lucky chance. VENTUROUS. adj. [from venture.] Dar

You have made but an estimate of those lands ing ; bold; fearless ; ready to run at a venture, so as it should be hard to build any

hazards. certainty of charge upom it.

Spenser. Charles was guided by mean men, who would A bargain at a venture made

make it their master-piece of favour to give care Between two partners in a trade. Hudibras.

turous counsels, which no great or wise man A covetous and an envious man joined in a pe would.

Barn tition to Jupiter, who ordered Apollo to tell them

He paus'd not; but with vent'rous arm that their desire should be grai

He pluck d, he tasted.

L'Estrange. Here was no scampering away at a venture,

Columbus having led the way, was secondes

by Americus Vespusius, an old venturous Flo without fear or wit. L'Estrange. rentine.

Heyler. If Abab be designed for death, though a soldier

The vent'rous humour of our mariners costs in the enemy's army draws a bow at a venture, this island many brave lives every year. Temple yet the sure unerring directions of providence

Savage pirates seek, through seas unknown, shall carry it in a direct course to his heart.

The lives of others, vent'rous of their own. Pepita

South. VENTUROUSLY. adv. (from venturous.) T. Ve'NTURE. V. n. (from the noun.] Daringly ; fearlessly ; boldly. 1. To dare.

Siege was laid to the fort, by the Lord Gray, A man were better rise in his suit; for he then deputy, with a smaller number than those that would have ventured at first to have lost the were within the fort ; venturously indeed; but suitor, will not in the conclusion lose both the haste was made to attack them before the rebes suitor and his own former favour. Bacon, came in to them.

Origen mentioning their being cast out of Je. VENTUROUSNESS. N. s. [from venturous.) rusalem, ventures to assure them that they would

Boldness; willingness to hazard. never be re-established, since they had commite ted that horrid crime against the Saviour of the

Her coming into a place where the walls and

cielings were whited over, much offended her world.


sight, and made her repent her vent'rousness. 2. To run a hazard. Nor is indeed that man less mad than these,

VE'nus' basin. [diusacus
Who freights a ship to venture on the seas,
With one frail interposing plank to save

major, Latin.) From certain death, rollid on by ev'ry wave.

VE'sus' comb. (pecten Ve

Dryden. neris, Lat.] I am so overjoy'd, I can scarce believe I am at VE'NU's' hair. (adiantum.] liberty; like a bird that has often beaten her VE'NUS' looking-glass. wing in vain against her cage, dare hardly ven

VE'NUS' navel-wort. ture out, though she see it open. Dryden. Vers'cious. adj. [verex, Lat.] Obser3. TO VE'NTURE at.

vant of truth. To VE'NTURE on or upon. in; or make Vera'CITY. n. s. (verax, Lat.] attempts without any security of success,

1. Moral truth ; honesty of report: upon mere hope. That slander is found a truth now; and held

2. Physical truth; consistency of report

with fact. Less proper. for certain, The king will venture at it. Shakspeare. It were a matter of great profit, save that it

nious and cruel deaths rather than retract their is too conjectural to venture upon, if one could

testimony, there was no reason to doubt the discern what corn, herbs, or fruits are like to be veracity of those facts which they related. Addine in plenty and scarcity, by some signs in the be VERB. n. s. [verbe, Fr. verbum, Lat.) A ginning of the year.


part of speech signifying existence, of


1. S. Plants.

To engage



empty talk.

some modification thereof, as action, pas- VERBO’SE. adj. [verbosus, Lat.] Exų. sion. And withal some disposition or in berant in words; prolix; tedious by tention of the mind relating thereto, as multiplicity of words. of aflirming, denying, interrogating,

Let envy commanding.


Ill-judging and verbose, from Leche's lake Men usually calk of a noun and a verb. Sbeks.

Draw tuus unmeasurable.

Prior. VE'R BAL. odi. (verbal, Fr. verbalis, Lat.]

They ought to be brief, and not too verbose in

their way of speaking; and to propound the mate I. Spoken; not written.

ter of their argument in a mild and gentle man2. Orala uttered by mouth.

Ayliffe Made she no verbal quest?

VER BO'Sıt y. n. s. (verbosité, Fr. from -Yes; once or twice she hear'd the name of

verbose.] Exuberance of words; much father Pantingly forth, as if it prest her heart. Shaksp.

He draweth out the thread of his verbosity 3. Consisting in mert words.

Finer than the staple of his argument. Sbaksp. If young African for fame · His wasted country freed from Punick rage,

To give an hint more of the verbesities of this The deed beconies unprais'd, the man at least;

philosophy, a short view of a definition or two will be sufficient evidence.

Glanville. And loses, though but yerbal, his reward. Milt. Being at first out of the way to science, in the

Homer is guilty of verbosity, and of a tedious

prolix manner of speaking: he is the greatest progress of their inquiries they must lose them

talker of all antiquity.

Broome. selves, and the truth, in a verbal labyrinth.


VERDANT, adj. [verdoiant, Fr. viridans, It was such a denial or confession of him as

Lat.] Green. This word is so lately would appear in preaching : but this is managed naturalized, that Skinner could find it in words and verbal profession.


only in a dictionary. 4. Verbose ; full of words. Out of use.

Each odorous bushy shrub
I am sorry
Fenc'd up the verdant wall.

You put me to forget a lady's manners,
By being so verbal.


VE'RDERER. n. s. [verdier, Fr. viridarius, 5. Minutely exact in words.

low Lat.) An officer in the forest. Neglect ihe rules each verbal critick lays,

VE'RDICT.n. s. [verum dictum, Latin.] For not to know some trifles is a praise. Pope. i. The determination of the jury declared 6. Literal; having word answering to word. to the judge.

Whosoever offers at verbal translation, shall Before the jury go together, 't is all to nothing have the misfortune of that young traveller,

what the verdict shall be.

Spenser. who lost his own language abroad, and brought They have a longing desire to overcome, and home no other instead of it.

Denbur. to have the verdici pass ior them, be it right or The averbal copier is incumber'd with so many wrong.

Ketlewell. difficulties at once, that he can never disentangle 2. Declaration ; decision ; judgment; opihimself from ali.

Drydir. nion. 7. [verbal, Fr. in grammar.) A verbal Deccived greatly they, are svino think that all noun is a noun derived from a verb.

they whose names are cited amongst the favourVERBA’LITY.n. s. [from verval.] Mere ers of this cause are on any such verdict agreed.

Hooter. words; bare literal expression.

These were enormities condemned by the most Sometimes he will seem to be charmed with

natural verdict of common humanity; and so words of holy scripture, and to fly from the letter and dead verbality, who must only start

very gross and foul, that no man couid pretend

South. at the life and animated materials thereof.

ignorance avoided. Brown.

A very likely matter, indeed, that the emVE'RBALLY. adv. (froin verbal.

peror should ask the Arians, whether they would

be tried by the verdict of those who had before 1. In words; orally.

condemned the Arians by name. Waterland. The manner of our denying the drity of Christ here prohibited, was by words and oíal expres- VE'RDICRISE. 1. s. The rust of brass, - sions verbally to deny it.

Sourb. which in time being consumed and eaten 2. Word for word.

with tallow, turneth into green ; in Lat. 'T is almost impossible to translate verbully, ærugo ; in French vert de gris, or the and well, at the same time. Dryden. hoary green.

Peacam. VERBATIM. adv. (Latin.] Word for Brass turned into green, is called verdigrice.

Bacon. word. Think not, although in writing I preferr'd

VE'RDITER. 1. s. Chalk made green. The manner of thy vile outrageous crimes,

Verditure ground with a weak gum arabic That therefore I have forg'd, or am not able water, is the faintest and palest green. Peacbam. Verbatin to rehearse the inethod of my pen.

VE'RDURE. nos. [verdure, Fr.] Green;

Shakspeare. See the transcripts of both charters verbatim in Mat. Paris.


Its verdure clad

Her universal face with pleasant green. Milton. TO VE'R BERATE, v. a. [verbero, Latin.] Let twisted clire bind those laurels fast, To beat ; to strike.

Whose verdure must for ever last. Prior. VERBER 'TION. n. s. [verberation, Fr. V'E'R DUROUS. adj. (from verdure. Green; from verberate.] Blows ; beating. covered with green ; decked with green. Riding or walking against great winds is a great

Higher than their toss exercise, the effects of which are redness and in The verdrous wall of paradise up-sprung; fianimation; all the effects of a soft press or vera Which to our general sire gave prospect large. beration. Arbuthnot.

Milton VOL, IV,

green colour.


neither to make things out of nature and veri

Most veritable; cherefore look to 't well.

There the lowing herds chew verd'rous pasture. VERIDICAL, adj. [veridicus, Lat.) Tell

ing truth.

Dict. VERECU'ND. adj. [verecond, old Fr. ve VERIFICA'TION. n. s. [from verify.] recundus, Lat.] Modest; bashful. Dict.

Confirmation by argument or evidence. VERGE. n. s. (verge, Fr. virga, Lat.] In verification of this we will mention a phe1. A rod, or something in form of a rod, nomenon of our engine.

Beyle. carrjed as an emblem of authority. VE'RIFIER. n. s. [from verify.] One The mace of a dean.

who assures a thing to be true. Suppose him now a dean compleat,

TO VE’RIFY. v. a. [verifier, Fr.) To Devoutly lolling in his seat;

justify against charge of falsehood; to The silver verge, with decent pride,

confirm; to prove true. Stuck underneath his cushion side. Swift.

What seemeth to have been uttered concern2. (vergo, Lat.] The brink; the edge; ing sermons, and their efficacy or necessity, in the utmost border.

regard of divine matter, must consequently be Would the inclusive verge

verified in sundry other kinds of teaching, it the Of golden metal, that must round my brow, matter be the same in all.

Hooker Were red hot steel to sear me to the brain !

This is verified by a number of examples, that Sbakspeare.

whatsoever is gained by an abusive treaty ought I say, and will in battle prove,

to be restored.

Bacon Or here, or elsewhere, to the furthest verge

So shalt thou best fulfil, best verify That ever was survey'd by English eye. Shaksp. The prophets old, who sung thy endless reign. You are old:

Miltes. Nature in you stands on the very verge

So spake this oracle, then verified Of her confine.


When Jesus, son of Mary, second Eve, Serve they as a flow'ry verge to bind

Saw Satan fall.

Milles. The fluid skirts of that same watry cloud,

Though you may mistake a year; Lest it again dissolve, and show'r the earth. Though your prognosticks run too fast,

Milton. They must be verify'd at last. Swift. Let fortune empty her whole quiver on me, Spain shall have three kings: which is no* I have a soul, that, like an ample shield,

wonderfully verified; for besides the king of Can take in all, and verge enough for more. Portugal, there are now two rivals for Spain. Dryden.

Swift Every thing great, within the verge of nature, VE'rily. adv. (from very.] or out of it, has a proper part assigned it in this 1. In truth ; certainly: poem.


Verily, 't is better to be lowly born,
Then let him chuse a damsel


and fair, Than to be perk'd up in a glist'ring grief. Sbaks. To bless his age, and bring a worthy heir,

2. With great confidence. To sooth his care, and, free from noise and strife,

It was verily thought, that had it not been for

four great disfavourers of that voyage, the enterConduct him gently to the verge of life. Pope.

prize had succeeded.


By repealing the sacramental test, we are o Verge is the compass about the king's court,

rily persuaded the consequence will be an entire bounding the jurisdiction of the lord steward of

alteration of religion among us.

Swifi the king's houshold, and of the coroner of the VERISI'MILAR. adj. (verisimilis, Lai.) king's house, and which seems to have been 12

VERISI'MILOUS. miles round. Verge hath also another signifi

Probable; likely. cation, and is used for a stick, or rod, whereby

Many erroneous doctrines of porrtificians are, one is admitted tenant, and, holding it in his

in our days, wholly supported by serisimilous and hand, sweareth fealty to the lord of the manor ;

probable reasons. who, for that reason, is called tenant by the

VERISIMILITUDE. n. s. [verisimilitudo, verge.

Cowell. VERISIMI'LITY. Ś Latin.] ProbabiFear not; whom we raise,

lity ; likelihood; resemblance of truth. We will make fast within a hallow'd verge.

Touching the verisimility or probable truth of Sbakspeare. this relation, several reasons seem to overthrow

it. To Verge. v. n. [vergo, Lat.] To tend;

A noble nation, upon whom if not such verities to bend downward.

at least such verisimilities of fortitude were They serve indifferently for vowels in respect

placed. of the aperture, and for consonants, in respect Verisimilitude and opinion are an easy puro of the pene-appulse; and so much the more

chase; but true knowledge is dear and difficul

. verging either way, according to the respective

Like a point, it requires an acuteness to its diso occasions.

The nearer I find myself verging to that pe-

covery: while verisimilitude, like the expanded riod of life which is to be labour and sorrow,

superficies, is obvious, sensible, and affords? the

large and easy field for loose enquiry. Glanville more I prop myself upon those few supports that

The plot, the wit, the characters, the passions,

Such are indicated, when the juices of a huo

are exalted as high as the imagination of the poet
can carry them, with proportion to verisimility

. Arbuthnot. man body verge to putrefaction.

Perhaps, acts second to some sphere unknown;

Though Horace gives permission to painters

and poets to dare every thing, yet he encourages Touches some wheel, or verges to some goal: T is but a part we see, and not the whole.


Pope. VÉRITABLE, adj. (veritable, Fr.] True ; VE'RGER. n. s. [from verge.] He that agreeable to fact. carries the mace before the dean.

Indeed! is 't true? I can tip the verger with half a crown, and get into the best seat.


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The presage of the year succeeding made from My hearť moves naturally by the motion of insects in oak-apples, is I doubt too indistinct, palpitation; my guts by the motion of vermicua nor veritable from event. Brown. lation,

Hale. VE'RIT A BLY. adv. [from veritable.] In VERMICULE. n. so (vermiculus, vermis, a true manner.

Lat.) A little grub, worm. VE'RITY. n. s. [verité, Fr. veritas, Lat.)

I saw the shining oak-ball ichneumon strike 1. Truth; consonance to the reality of

its terebra into an oak-apple, to lay its eggs things.

therein : and hence are many vermicules seen

toward the outside of these apples. Derbam. If any refuse to believe us disputing for the verity of religion established, let them believe VERMI’CULOUS. adj. [vermiculosus, Lat.] God himself thus miraculously working for it. Full of grubs; resembling grubs.

Hooker. VЕ'rmiform. adj. [vermiforme, Fr. ver. I saw their weapons drawn; there was a noise; That's verity:

mis and formo, Lat.] Having the shape

Sbakspeare. The precipitancy of disputation, and the stir VerMIFUGE. n. s. [from vermis and fugo,

of a worin. and noise of passions that usually attend it, must needs be prejudicial to verity; its calm insinua Lat.] Any medicine that destroys or tions can no more be heard in such a bustle than expels worms. a whistle among a crowd of sailors in a storm. VE'RMIL.

Glanville. VERMI'LION.S

n. s. [vermeil, vermillon,

French.] It is a proposition of eternal verity, that none can govern while he is despised. We may as

1. The cochineal; a grub of a particular well imagine that there may be a king without plant.

majesty, a supreme without sovereignty. Soutb. 2. Factitious or native cinnabar; sulphur 2. A true assertion ; a true tenet.

mixed with mercury. This is the usual, And that age, which my grey hairs make seem though not primitive, signification. more than it is, hath not diminished in me the The imperfect metals are subject to rust, expower to protect an undeniable verity. Sidney. cept mercury, which is made into vermillion by Wherefore should any man think, but that solution or calcination.

Bacon. reading itself is one of the ordinary means, The fairest and most principal red is vermillion, whereby it pleaseth God, of his gracious good called in Latin minium. It is a poison, and found ness, to instil that celestial verity, which being where great store of quicksilver is. Peacbaa. but so received, is nevertheless effectual to save

3. Any beautiful red colour. souls?


How the red roses flush up in her cheeks,
If there come truth from them,
Why, by the verities on thee made good,

And the pure snow with goodly vermil stain,
Like crimson dy'd in grain.

May they not be my oracles as well ? Shaksp.
Must virtue be preserved by a lie ?

There grew a goodly tree him fair beside,

Loaden with fruit and apples rosie red,
Virtue and truth do ever best agree;
By this it seems to be a verity,

As they in pure vermillion had been dy'd,

Whereof great virtues over all were read. Spens. Since the effects so good and virtuous be.

Simple colours are strong and sensible, though Davies. they are clear as vermillion.

Dryden. 3. Moral truth ; agreement of the words

T, VERMI’LION. v. a. (from the noun.] with the thoughts.

To die red. VE'R JUICE. n. š. [verjus, French.] Acid

A sprightly red vermilions all her face, liquor expressed from crab-apples. It is And her eyes languish with unusual grace. vulgarly pronounced varges.

Granville, Hang a dog upon a crab-tree, and he 'll never VEʻRMIN. n. s. [vermin, Fr. vermis, love verjuice.

L'Estrunge. Latin.]
The barley-pudding comes in place:
Then bids fall on; himself, for saving charges,

1. Any noxious animal. Used commonly A peeld slic'd onion eats, and tipplas verjuice,

for small creatures. Dryden.

What is your study ?The native verjuice of the crab, deriv'd

How to prevent the fiend, and to kill vermin. Through th' infix'd grati, a grateful mixture

Sbakspeare. forms

The head of a wolf, dried and hanged up in a Of tart and sweet.

Philips, dove-house, will scare away vormin, such as VERMICELLI. 1. s. [Italian.] A paste

weazels and polecats.

Bacon. rolled and broken in the form of worms.

An idle person only lives to spend his time,

and eat the fruits of the earth, like a vermin or a With oysters, eggs, and vermicelli,

wolf. She let him almost burst his beily. Prior.


A weazel taken in a trap was charged with VERMI'CULAR. adj. [vermiculus, Latin.]

misdemeanors, and the poor vermir stood much Acting like a worm; continued from

upon her innocence.

L'Estrange. one part to another of the same body. Great injuries these vermin, mice and rats, do By the vermicular motion of the intestines, in the field.

Mortimer. the grosser parts are derived downwards, while He that has so little wit the finer are squeezed into the narrow oritices To nourish vermin, may be bit. Swift. of the lacteal vessels.

Cheyne. 2. It is used in contempt of human beings. TO VERMI'CULATE. v. a. (vermiculé, Fr.

The stars determine vermiculatus, Lat.] To inlay ; to work You are my prisoners, base vermin. Hudibras. in chequer work, or pieces of divers To VEʻRMINATE. 7. n. (from vermin.] colours.

Bailey. To breed vermin. VERMICULA'TION, 1. s. [from vermicu. VERMINA’TION, n.

n. s. [from verminate.] late.] Continuation of motion from one

Generation of vermin. part to another.

Redi, discarding anomalous generation, tried


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experiments relating to the vermination of ser verses they proceed upon the demolition of that pe its and flesh. Derbam. earth.

Barnet. VE'RMINOUS. adj. [from vermin.] Tend. 3. Poetry; lays; metrical language.

ing to vermin ; disposed to breed ver Verse embalms virtue: and combs and thrones min.

of rhymes A wasting of children's flesh depends upon

Preserve frail transitory fame as much some obs'ruction of the entrails, or verminous

As spice doth body from air's corrupt touch.

Donne disposition of the body.

Harvey. VERMI'PAROUS, adj. [vermis and pario,

If envious eyes their hurtful rays have cast,

More pow'rful verse shall free thee from the Lat.) Producing worms.


Dryden. Hereby they confound the generation of per Whilst she did her various pow'r dispose; miparous animals with oviparous. Brown.

Virtue was taught in oerse, and Athens' glory VERNACULAR. adj. [vernaculus, Lat.)

Priat. Native; of one's own country.

You compose London weckly bills number deep in con.

In splay-foot verse, or hobbling prose. Prier. sumptions; the same likewise proving inseps- 4. A piece of poetry, rable accidents to most other diseases; which This verse, my friend, be thine. instances do evidently bring a consumption under To VERSE. V.'a. [from the noun.] To the notion of a vernacular discase to England.

tell in verse; to relate poetically.

Harvey. The histories of all our former wars are trans

In the shape of Corin sate all day,

Playing on pipes of corn, and versing love. mitted to us in our vernucular idiom. I do not


. find in any of our chronicles, that Edward the third ever reconnoitred the enemy, though he To be VE'RSED. v. n. [versor, Lat.)' To often discovered the posture of the French, and

be skilled in ; to be acquainted with. as often vanquished them.

Addiron. She might be ignorant of their nations, who VE'RNAL. adj. [vernus, Lat.] Belonging

was not versed in their names, as not being pre to the spring:

sent at the general survey of animals, when Adam With the year

assigned unto every one a name concordant unto its nature.

Broan. Seasons return; but not to me returns,

This vers'din death, th' infernal knight relates, Or sight of vernal bloom, or summer's rose.

And then for proof fulfill d their common fates.

Drárs. VE'RNANT. adj. [vernaws, Lat.) Flourish. VERSEMAN. n. s. [verse and man.) A ing as in the spring.

poet ; a writer in verse.

In ludicrous Else had the spring Perpetual smild on carth, with vernant Row'rs,


The god of us ve

Equal in days and nights.
VERNI'LITY. x. s. [verna, Lat.] Servile

From limbs of this great Hercules are fram'd carriage ; the submissive fawning beha Whole groups of pigmies, who are versettes viour of a slave.


nam'd. VERSABI'LITY. n. s.[versabilis, Lat.] VE'RSICLE. N. s. [versiculus, Latin.) A VE'R SABLENESS. I Aptness to be turned

little verse. or wound any way.

Dict. VERSIFICATION. n. s. [versifications VE'RSAL.adj. (a cant word for universal.] Fr. from versify.] The art or practice Total ; whole.

of making verses. Some, for brevity,

Donne alone had your talent, but was not Have cast the versal world's nativity. Hudibras, happy to arrive at your versification.

Druiden. VE'RSATILE adj. [versatilis, Lat.]

Some object to his versification: which is in

poetry, whát colouring is in painting, a beautiful 1. That may be turned round.

But if the proportions are just

, Th’advent'rous pilot in a single year

though the colours should' happen to be rough, Learn'd his state cock-boat dextrously to steer; the piece may be of inestimable value. Granuil.com Versatile, and sharp-piercing like a screw, VERSIFICATOR. I n. s. [versificateur, Fr, Made good th' old passage, and still force'd a new. VERSIFIER.


versificator, Latin)

A versifier; a maker of verses with or 2. Changeable; variable.

without the spirit of poetry. One colour to us standing in one place, hath a contrary aspect in another; as in those versatile Statius, the best versificator next Virgil, kne

not how to design after him. representations in the neck of a dove, and folds of scarlet.


In Job and the Psalms we shall find more sub

lime ideas, more elevated language, than in any 3: Easily applied to a new task. VE'RSATILENESS. n. s. [from versatilc.]

of the heathen versificrs of Greece or Rome. Versati'LITY. $ The quality of being To VE'RSIPY. V. n. [versifier, Fr. versie versatile.

ficor, Latin.) To make verses. VERSE. n. s. [vers, Fr. versus,


You would wonder to hear how soon even children will begin to versify.

Sitects 1. A line consisting of a certain succession

To follow rather the Goths in rhyming than of sounds, and number of syllables. Thou hast by moonlight at her window sung, the Greeks in true versifying, were even to eat

acorns with swine, when we may freely, eat With feigning voice, verses of feigning love.


wheat bread among men.

I'll versify in spite, and do my best, 2. (verset, Fr.] A section or paragraph To make as much waste paper as the rest. Drgd. of a book.

TO VE'RSIFY. J. a. To relate in verse. Thus far the questions proceed upon the con Unintermix'd with fictious fantasies, struction of the tirst earui; in the following I'll versify the truth, nvi poetize.

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