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 for Blank verse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Verse \Verse\ (v[~e]rs), 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.
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     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 strophe.
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     2. Metrical arrangement and language; that which is composed
        in metrical form; versification; poetry.
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              Such prompt eloquence
              Flowed from their lips in prose or numerous verse.
                                                    --Milton.
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              Virtue was taught in verse.           --Prior.
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              Verse embalms virtue.                 --Donne.
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     3. A short division of any composition. Specifically: 
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        (a) A stanza; a stave; as, a hymn of four verses.
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     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.
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        (b) (Script.) One of the short divisions of the chapters
            in the Old and New Testaments.
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     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.
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        (c) (Mus.) A portion of an anthem to be performed by a
            single voice to each part.
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     4. A piece of poetry. "This verse be thine." --Pope.
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     Blank verse, poetry in which the lines do not end in
        rhymes.
  
     Heroic verse. See under Heroic.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.]
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     1. Of a white or pale color; without color.
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              To the blank moon
              Her office they prescribed.           --Milton.
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     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.
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     3. Utterly confounded or discomfited.
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              Adam . . . astonied stood, and blank. --Milton.
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     4. Empty; void; without result; fruitless; as, a blank space;
        a blank day.
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     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.
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     6. Lacking animation and intelligence, or their associated
        characteristics, as expression of face, look, etc.;
        expressionless; vacant. "Blank and horror-stricken faces."
        --C. Kingsley.
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              The blank . . . glance of a half returned
              consciousness.                        --G. Eliot.
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     7. Absolute; downright; unmixed; as, blank terror.
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     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
        wall.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  blank verse
      n 1: unrhymed verse (usually in iambic pentameter)

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