• "Katie stood on the doorstep."
    "Katie stood on the doorstep."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n doorstep the sill of a door; a horizontal piece of wood or stone that forms the bottom of a doorway and offers support when passing through a doorway
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The butler confronting William on the doorstep The butler confronting William on the doorstep

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Doorstep The stone or plank forming a step before an outer door.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n doorstep The step of a door; the threshold.
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  • Confucius
    “Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean.”
  • Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    “The doorstep to the temple of wisdom is the knowledge of our own ignorance.”


In literature:

It's dark enough to leave it on the clergyman's doorstep, I should think.
"Five Children and It" by E. Nesbit
On the flat doorstep lay a large round stone, pushed close against the door.
"Pembroke" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
The little girls, much more quiet, squatted in groups on doorsteps or walked slowly up and down, arm-in-arm.
"Maida's Little Shop" by Inez Haynes Irwin
I got a long plank and laid it from my doorstep to the edge of the clay bank.
"From the Bottom Up" by Alexander Irvine
On the doorstep they fell into conversation.
"The Best Ghost Stories" by Various
Ellen sat on the doorstep outside and heard the talk.
"The Portion of Labor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Then she got up and went away to the doorstep, and stood looking out.
"The Zeit-Geist" by Lily Dougall
If our taxi outruns theirs, I sha'n't need to trespass on your kindness beyond the doorstep.
"The Second Latchkey" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
The men on the doorstep smoked silently, each absorbed in his own reveries.
"Flood Tide" by Sara Ware Bassett
For days there had been talk of little else at the cottage doorsteps, and in the market place.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey

In poetry:

Watching for Pa!
Watching for Pa!
Standing on the doorstep,
Watching for Pa!
"Watching For Pa" by Henry Clay Work
The timbers of that mill have fed
Long since a farmer's fires;
His doorsteps are the stones that ground
The harvest of his sires.
"Birchbrook Mill" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Cold and yet kind was the nurse's breast;
Cold fell the rain on the babe at rest;
Pale was his face as an immortelle,
Old Mother Doorstep had nursed him well.
"Mother Doorstep" by Victor James Daley
Oft have I seen in fields the little birds
Go in between a bullock's legs to eat;
But what gives me most joy is when I see
Snow on my doorstep, printed by their feet.
"Birds" by William H Davies
I walk the silent, Christmas-snowy path,
that goes across the homeland in its suffering.
At each doorstep I would like to bend my knee:
there is no house without mourning.
"Christmas Greetings 1941" by Marie Under
What if at night, beneath a sky of ashes,
He should seek my doorstep, pale with need?
There could he lie, and dry would be my lashes;
Let him stop his noise, and let me read.
"Convalescent" by Dorothy Parker

In news:

Suspicious package on Orem doorstep was hoax bomb.
Geoffrey Rush says first 'King's Speech' script was left at doorstep .
LSU football team on history's doorstep .
Mexico's league, on our doorstep .
The Post, at your doorstep by 6 am.
Grinch Stealing Packages From Downtown Doorsteps.
As snow has blanketed our yards and chilly temperatures rested upon our doorstep, we know the depth of winter here in th.
The flier produced by opponents of two land propositions in Layton and placed on thousands of doorsteps in that city is the worst kind of dirty politics.
Her earliest years were characterized first by her abandonment on the doorstep of the YMCA on Vancouver Island and, as she grew, by a series of foster homes, some truly horrific, others merely neglectful.
Our journeys as a reporter have taken us to the doorsteps of three members of the Arthur W Page Society.
The scholarships, postmarked from places like Maryland and Mississippi, South Carolina and Southern California, West Virginia and Wisconsin, landed at Henry Poggi's doorstep.
Devils on the Doorstep Home Vision.
A newborn baby has been found abandoned, stuffed in a handbag , on the doorstep of a Texas home.
Websites show how to get free products delivered to your doorstep.
Imagine the pride of ownership when a box of dubious leftover promotional stuff shows up on your doorstep in October.

In science:

Centaurus A is a prime example for testing both modelling approaches on our doorstep.
The Supermassive Black Hole at the Heart of Centaurus A: Revealed by Gas- and Stellar Kinematics
The Magellanic Clouds provide an excellent example of interacting, metal-poor dwarf galaxies on our own doorstep, with neutral hydrogen maps revealing large structures such as the Magellanic Bridge (which connects the Clouds), and the extensive Magellanic Stream and Leading Arm (e.g., Putman 2000).
A rare early-type star revealed in the Wing of the Small Magellanic Cloud
Black holes on our doorstep Perhaps even more remarkable is the case of the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way.
Supermassive Black Holes
This enabled many of the speakers to show their specific area of study in a wider context, an approach that was highly effective. After all, we are studying entire galaxies that happen to be on our doorstep so why not take advantage of this fact wherever possible.
Conference Summary: Magellanic System - Stars, Gas and Galaxies
An Algorithm to Determine PeerReviewers. Conference on Information and Knowledge Management (CIKM 2008), ACM Press, pages 319-328 Ryan, M. Cloud Computing Privacy Concerns on Our Doorstep.
Architecture of a Conference Management System Providing Advanced Paper Assignment Features