(not in technical use) a stanza.
a succession of metrical feet written, printed, or orally composed as one line; one of the lines of a poem.
a particular type of metrical line:
a hexameter verse.
a poem, or piece of poetry.
metrical composition; poetry, especially as involving metrical form.
metrical writing distinguished from poetry because of its inferior quality:
a writer of verse, not poetry.
a particular type of metrical composition:
the collective poetry of an author, period, nation, etc.:
Miltonian verse; American verse.
one of the short conventional divisions of a chapter of the Bible.
that part of a song following the introduction and preceding the chorus.
a part of a song designed to be sung by a solo voice.
Rare. a line of prose, especially a sentence, or part of a sentence, written as one line.
Rare. a subdivision in any literary work.
before 900; Middle English vers
line of poetry, section of a psalm, Old English fers
< Latin versus
a row, line (of poetry), literally, a turning, equivalent to vert
) to turn (past participle versus
) + -tus
suffix of v. action, with dt
akin to -ward
Can be confused
1. Verse, stanza, strophe, stave
are terms for a metrical grouping in poetic composition. Verse
is often mistakenly used for stanza
but is properly only a single metrical line. A stanza
is a succession of lines (verses) commonly bound together by a rhyme scheme, and usually forming one of a series of similar groups that constitute a poem: The four-line stanza is the one most frequently used in English. Strophe
(originally the section of a Greek choral ode sung while the chorus was moving from right to left) is in English poetry practically equivalent to “section”; a strophe
may be unrhymed or without strict form, but may be a stanza: Strophes are divisions of odes. Stave
is a word (now seldom used) that means a stanza set to music or intended to be sung: a stave of a hymn; a stave of a drinking song. 4, 5, 6.