. s. f.
Il se dit d'Un nombre déterminé de vers formant un sens complet, et assujetti, pour la mesure des vers et le mélange des rimes, à une règle qui s'observe dans toute la pièce. La seconde stance de cette pièce est plus belle que les autres. La plupart des poëmes épiques italiens sont écrits en stances. Stance de quatre vers, de huit vers, etc.

STANCES, au pluriel, se dit d'Une pièce de poésie composée d'un certain nombre de stances. Stances héroïques. De belles stances. Faire des stances. Réciter des stances.   Stances irrégulières, Pièce de vers dont les stances diffèrent entre elles par le nombre ou la mesure des vers ou par l'entrelacement des rimes.

L'Academie francaise. 1835.

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