from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The first of a pair of stanzas of alternating form on which the structure of a given poem is based.
- n. A stanza containing irregular lines.
- n. The first division of the triad constituting a section of a Pindaric ode.
- n. The first movement of the chorus in classical Greek drama while turning from one side of the orchestra to the other.
- n. The part of a choral ode sung while this movement is executed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A turn in verse, as from one metrical foot to another, or from one side of a chorus to the other.
- n. The section of an ode that the chorus chants as it moves from right to left across the stage.
- n. A pair of stanzas of alternating form on which the structure of a given poem is based.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In Greek choruses and dances, the movement of the chorus while turning from the right to the left of the orchestra; hence, the strain, or part of the choral ode, sung during this movement. Also sometimes used of a stanza of modern verse. See the Note under antistrophe.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In ancient prosody: A system the metrical form of which is repeated once or oftener in the course of a poem; also, a stanza in modern poetry.
- n. In a narrower sense— The former of two metrically corresponding systems, as distinguished from the latter or antistrophe.
- n. The fourth part of the parabasis and first part of the epirrhematic syzygy. It is hymnic in character, as opposed to the scoptic tone of the epirrhema.
- n. In botany, one of the spirals formed in the development of leaves.
- n. In music, one of the more or less complete divisions into which a piece in song or dance form is divided: analogous to stanza in verse.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one section of a lyric poem or choral ode in classical Greek drama
Greek strophē, a turning, stanza, from strephein, to turn; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek στροφή (strophē, "a turn, bend, twist"). (Wiktionary)