1. a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Stanza \Stan"za\ (st[a^]n"z[.a]), n.; pl. Stanzas (-z[.a]z).
[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, Stanchion.]
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
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
68 Moby Thesaurus words for "stanza":
Spenserian stanza, anacrusis, antistrophe, bass passage, book,
bourdon, bridge, burden, cadence, canto, chorus, coda, couplet,
development, distich, division, envoi, epode, exposition, figure,
folderol, harmonic close, heptastich, hexastich, interlude,
intermezzo, introductory phrase, line, measure, monostich,
movement, musical phrase, musical sentence, octastich, octave,
octet, ornament, ottava rima, part, passage, pentastich, period,
phrase, quatrain, refrain, resolution, response, rhyme royal,
ritornello, section, septet, sestet, sextet, statement, stave,
strain, strophe, syllable, tailpiece, tercet, terza rima,
tetrastich, triplet, tristich, tutti, tutti passage, variation,