The Porch
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}. [1913 Webster]

The graceless Helen in the porch I spied Of Vesta's temple. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. A portico; a covered walk. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Repair to Pompey's porch, where you shall find find us. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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}.] [1913 Webster]


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