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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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