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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PORCH, n. [L. porticus, from porta, a gate, entrance or passage, or from portus, a shelter.]
1. In architecture, a kind of vestibule supported by columns at the entrance of temples, halls, churches or other buildings.
2. A portico; a covered walk.
3. By way of distinction, the porch, was a public portico in Athens, where Zeno, the philosopher, taught his disciples. It was called the painted porch, from the pictures of Polygnotus and other eminent painters, with which it was adorned. Hence, the Porch is equivalent to the school of the Stoics.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a structure attached to the exterior of a building often forming a covered entrance

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English porche, from Anglo-French, from Latin porticus portico, from porta gate; akin to Latin portus port more at ford Date: 14th century 1. a covered area adjoining an entrance to a building and usually having a separate roof 2. obsolete portico

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a covered shelter for the entrance of a building. 2 US a veranda. 3 (the Porch) = the Stoa (see STOA 2). Derivatives: porched adj. porchless adj. Etymology: ME f. OF porche f. L porticus (transl. Gk stoa) f. porta passage

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Porch Porch, n. [F. porche, L. porticus, fr. porta a gate, entrance, or passage. See Port a gate, and cf. Portico.] 1. (Arch.) A covered and inclosed entrance to a building, whether taken from the interior, and forming a sort of vestibule within the main wall, or projecting without and with a separate roof. Sometimes the porch is large enough to serve as a covered walk. See also Carriage porch, under Carriage, and Loggia. The graceless Helen in the porch I spied Of Vesta's temple. --Dryden. 2. A portico; a covered walk. [Obs.] Repair to Pompey's porch, where you shall find find us. --Shak. The Porch, a public portico, or great hall, in Athens, where Zeno, the philosopher, taught his disciples; hence, sometimes used as equivalent to the school of the Stoics. It was called "h poiki`lh stoa`. [See Poicile.]

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(porches) 1. A porch is a sheltered area at the entrance to a building. It has a roof and sometimes has walls. N-COUNT 2. A porch is a raised platform built along the outside wall of a house and often covered with a roof. (AM; in BRIT, usually use veranda) N-COUNT

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

porch: Chiefly in the Old Testament 'alam, used of the temples of Solomon and Ezekiel (see TEMPLE); once micderon, a "vestibule," in Jud 3:23. In the New Testament, the word occurs in connection with the high priest's palace (Mt 26:71, pulon; Mr 14:68, proaulion), and as the rendering of stoa, a "portico," in Joh 5:2 (pool of Bethesda); and Joh 10:23; Ac 3:11; 5:12.


Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Portico, entrance-way, vestibule. 2. [With The prefixed.] The Stoic philosophy, philosophy of Zeno, school of the Stoics.

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