stanza

[stan-zuh]
noun Prosody.
an arrangement of a certain number of lines, usually four or more, sometimes having a fixed length, meter, or rhyme scheme, forming a division of a poem.

Origin:
1580–90; < Italian: room, station, stopping-place (plural stanze) < Vulgar Latin *stantia, equivalent to Latin stant- (stem of stāns), present participle of stāre to stand + -ia -y3

stanzaed, adjective
stanzaic [stan-zey-ik] , stanzaical, adjective
stanzaically, adverb
nonstanzaic, adjective
unstanzaic, adjective


See verse.
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stanza (ˈstænzə)
 
n
1.  prosody a fixed number of verse lines arranged in a definite metrical pattern, forming a unit of a poem
2.  (US), (Austral) a half or a quarter in a football match
 
[C16: from Italian: halting place, from Vulgar Latin stantia (unattested) station, from Latin stāre to stand]
 
'stanzaed
 
adj
 
stanzaic
 
adj

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stanza
"group of rhymed verse lines," 1588, from It. stanza "verse of a poem," originally "standing, stopping place," from V.L. *stantia "a stanza of verse," so called from the stop at the end of it, from L. stans (gen. stantis), prp. of stare "to stand" (see stet).
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stanza definition


A group of lines of verse, usually set off from other groups by a space. The stanzas of a poem often have the same internal pattern of rhymes.

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stanza

a division of a poem consisting of two or more lines arranged together as a unit. More specifically, a stanza usually is a group of lines arranged together in a recurring pattern of metrical lengths and a sequence of rhymes.

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Example sentences
The few archaisms have disappeared, and so have all such outworn tricks as that
  exemplified in the stanza quoted above.
In stanza three, there is an example of alliteration.
The group writes a sixth stanza together, with pictures.
In tune, stanza form, and text it resembles a number of spirituals.
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