Definitions for stanzaˈstæn zə

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

stan•zaˈstæn zə(n.)(pl.)-zas.

  1. an arrangement of a certain number of lines, usu. four or more, sometimes having a fixed length, meter, or rhyme scheme, forming a division of a poem.

    Category: Prosody

Origin of stanza:

1580–90; < It: room, station, stanza < VL *stantia; see stance

stan•za′ic-ˈzeɪ ɪk(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. stanza(noun)

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

Wiktionary

  1. stanza(Noun)

    A unit of a poem, written or printed as a paragraph; equivalent to a verse.

  2. stanza(Noun)

    An apartment or division in a building.

  3. stanza(Noun)

    A structural element in XML

  4. Origin: From stanza.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stanza(noun)

    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

  2. Stanza(noun)

    an apartment or division in a building; a room or chamber

Freebase

  1. Stanza

    In poetry, a stanza is a unit within a larger poem. In modern poetry, the term is often equivalent with strophe; in popular vocal music, a stanza is typically referred to as a "verse". A stanza consists of a grouping of two or more lines, set off by a space, that usually has a set pattern of meter and rhyme.The stanza in poetry is analogous with the paragraph that is seen in prose, related thoughts are grouped into units. In traditional English-language poems, stanzas can be identified and grouped together because they share a rhyme scheme or a fixed number of lines. In much modern poetry, stanzas may be arbitrarily presented on the printed page because of publishing conventions that employ such features as white space or punctuation.

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