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blank verse at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U] poetry that has a fixed rhythm but does not rhyme// free verse//

blank verse at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Unrhymed verse, specifically unrhymed iambic pentameter, the preeminent dramatic and narrative verse form in English. It is also the standard form for dramatic verse in Italian and German. Adapted from Greek and Latin sources, it was introduced in Italy, then in England, where in the 16th cent. W. Shakespeare transformed blank verse into the vehicle for the greatest English dramatic poetry, and its potential for grandeur was confirmed with J. Milton's Paradise Lost (1667).

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Blank verse at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Verse \Verse\, n. [OE. vers, AS. fers, L. versus a line in
writing, and, in poetry, a verse, from vertere, versum, to
turn, to turn round; akin to E. worth to become: cf. F. vers.
See {Worth} to become, and cf. {Advertise}, {Averse},
{Controversy}, {Convert}, {Divers}, {Invert}, {Obverse},
{Prose}, {Suzerain}, {Vortex}.]
1. A line consisting of a certain number of metrical feet
(see {Foot}, n., 9) disposed according to metrical rules.

Note: Verses are of various kinds, as hexameter, pentameter,
tetrameter, etc., according to the number of feet in
each. A verse of twelve syllables is called an
Alexandrine. Two or more verses form a stanza or

2. Metrical arrangement and language; that which is composed
in metrical form; versification; poetry.

Such prompt eloquence Flowed from their lips in
prose or numerous verse. --Milton.

Virtue was taught in verse. --Prior.

Verse embalms virtue. --Donne.

3. A short division of any composition. Specifically:
(a) A stanza; a stave; as, a hymn of four verses.

Note: Although this use of verse is common, it is
objectionable, because not always distinguishable from
the stricter use in the sense of a line.
(b) (Script.) One of the short divisions of the chapters
in the Old and New Testaments.

Note: The author of the division of the Old Testament into
verses is not ascertained. The New Testament was
divided into verses by Robert Stephens [or Estienne], a
French printer. This arrangement appeared for the first
time in an edition printed at Geneva, in 1551.
(c) (Mus.) A portion of an anthem to be performed by a
single voice to each part.

4. A piece of poetry. ``This verse be thine.'' --Pope.

{Blank verse}, poetry in which the lines do not end in

{Heroic verse}. See under {Heroic}.

Blank \Blank\, a. [OE. blank, blonc, blaunc, blaunche, fr. F.
blanc, fem. blanche, fr. OHG. blanch shining, bright, white,
G. blank; akin to E. blink, cf. also AS. blanc white. ?98.
See {Blink}, and cf. 1st {Blanch}.]
1. Of a white or pale color; without color.

To the blank moon Her office they prescribed.

2. Free from writing, printing, or marks; having an empty
space to be filled in with some special writing; -- said
of checks, official documents, etc.; as, blank paper; a
blank check; a blank ballot.

3. Utterly confounded or discomfited.

Adam . . . astonied stood, and blank. --Milton.

4. Empty; void; without result; fruitless; as, a blank space;
a blank day.

5. Lacking characteristics which give variety; as, a blank
desert; a blank wall; destitute of interests, affections,
hopes, etc.; as, to live a blank existence; destitute of
sensations; as, blank unconsciousness.

6. Lacking animation and intelligence, or their associated
characteristics, as expression of face, look, etc.;
expressionless; vacant. ``Blank and horror-stricken
faces.'' --C. Kingsley.

The blank . . . glance of a half returned
consciousness. --G. Eliot.

7. Absolute; downright; unmixed; as, blank terror.

{Blank bar} (Law), a plea put in to oblige the plaintiff in
an action of trespass to assign the certain place where
the trespass was committed; -- called also {common bar}.

{Blank cartridge}, a cartridge containing no ball.

{Blank deed}. See {Deed}.

{Blank door}, or {Blank window} (Arch.), a depression in a
wall of the size of a door or window, either for
symmetrical effect, or for the more convenient insertion
of a door or window at a future time, should it be needed.

{Blank indorsement} (Law), an indorsement which omits the
name of the person in whose favor it is made; it is
usually made by simply writing the name of the indorser on
the back of the bill.

{Blank line} (Print.), a vacant space of the breadth of a
line, on a printed page; a line of quadrats.

{Blank tire} (Mech.), a tire without a flange.

{Blank tooling}. See {Blind tooling}, under {Blind}.

{Blank verse}. See under {Verse}.

{Blank wall}, a wall in which there is no opening; a dead

blank verse at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

blank verse
n : unrhymed verse (usually in iambic pentameter)

blank verse at English (WD) Of Explained:

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  • A poetic form with regular meter, particularly iambic pentameter, but no fixed rhyme scheme.
    1. : Miltons command of blank verse exceeds even Shakespeare's.''


      Inter: trans-top » a poetic form with regular meter

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    Translation: et » blank verse