1 (Prosody) a fixed number of verse lines arranged in a definite metrical pattern, forming a unit of a poem
2 (U.S. and Austral) a half or a quarter in a football match (C16: from Italian: halting place, from Vulgar Latin stantia (unattested) station, from Latin stare to stand)
n a four-line stanza, often used in ballads, in which the second and fourth lines rhyme and have three stresses each and the first and third lines are unrhymed and have four stresses each
n (Prosody) a quatrain in iambic pentameters with alternate lines rhyming
n (Poetry) a quatrain having the rhyme scheme a b a b
n (Prosody) the stanza form used by the poet Spenser in his poem The Faerie Queene, consisting of eight lines in iambic pentameter and a concluding Alexandrine, rhyming a b a b b c b c c
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