Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the divisions of a poem, composed of two or more lines usually characterized by a common pattern of meter, rhyme, and number of lines.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A unit of a poem, written or printed as a paragraph; equivalent to a verse.
  • n. An apartment or division in a building.
  • n. A structural element in XML

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. An apartment or division in a building; a room or chamber.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pl. stanze (-ze). In architecture, an apartment or division in a building; a room or chamber: as, the stanze of Raphael in the Vatican.
  • n. In versification, a series of lines arranged in a fixed order of sequence as regards their length, metrical form, or rimes, and constituting a typical group, or one of a number of similar groups, composing a poem or part of a poem.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem

Etymologies

Italian; see stance.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian stanza. (Wiktionary)

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  • It could be hockey-specific. Football? Nah. You're probly right there.

    May 2, 2009

  • Is this hockey specific? It might also be used in basketball, but that would be the only other possible sport I would think.

    May 2, 2009

  • In North American sports reporting, any of the regulation periods of a game:

    "Salo's goal staved off a catastrophe for the home team, who allowed the Blackhawks to tie the game 3-3 after three goals in the first 14:31 of the final stanza."

    - Canucks narrowly avert disaster, The Globe and Mail, May 1, 2009

    May 2, 2009