Hypertext Webster Gateway: "stanza"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Stanza \Stan"za\, n.; pl. {Stanzas}. [It. stanza a room,
habitation, a stanza, i. e., a stop, fr. L. stans, p. pr. of
stare to stand. See {Stand}, and cf. {Estancia}, {Stance},
1. A number of lines or verses forming a division of a song
or poem, and agreeing in meter, rhyme, number of lines,
etc., with other divisions; a part of a poem, ordinarily
containing every variation of measure in that poem; a
combination or arrangement of lines usually recurring;
whether like or unlike, in measure.

Horace confines himself strictly to one sort of
verse, or stanza, in every ode. --Dryden.

2. (Arch.) An apartment or division in a building; a room or

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem

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