• A Porch at Haslemere Church
    A Porch at Haslemere Church
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n porch a structure attached to the exterior of a building often forming a covered entrance
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Porch, Gad's Hill Place The Porch, Gad's Hill Place
Complete Porch Swing Complete Porch Swing
Detail of the Porch Swing Detail of the Porch Swing
LEON. The West Porch of the Cathedral LEON. The West Porch of the Cathedral

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Columbus, Georgia it is illegal to sit on one's porch in an indecent position.
    • Porch (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."
    • Porch A portico; a covered walk. "Repair to Pompey's porch , where you shall find find us."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n porch In architecture, an exterior appendage to a building, forming a covered approach or vestibule to a doorway; a covered way or entrance, whether inclosed or uninclosed. Many church and cathedral porches are magnificent in proportions and decoration. See also cut under caryatid.
    • n porch A covered walk, or portico; a stoa.
    • n porch A veranda.
    • n porch Figuratively, the beginning or entrance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Porch pōrch a building forming an enclosure or protection for a doorway: a portico at the entrance of churches and other buildings: the public porch on the agora of Athens where Zeno the Stoic taught:
    • n Porch pōrch (fig.) the Stoic philosophy.
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  • Emily Dickinson
    “Drab Habitation of Whom? Tabernacle or Tomb -- or Dome of Worm -- or Porch of Gnome -- or some Elf's Catacomb?”
  • Johnny Depp
    Johnny Depp
    “I'm an old-fashioned guy... I want to be an old man with a beer belly sitting on a porch, looking at a lake or something.”


If you can't run with the big dogs, you'd better stay on the porch - If you can't keep up with what others are doing, then it is best not to attempt it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. porche, L. porticus, fr. porta, a gate, entrance, or passage. See Port a gate, and cf. Portico
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. porche (It. portico)—L. porticusporta, a gate.


In literature:

Miss Recompense began to light the candles, and the steps of the tardy ones were heard on the porch.
"A Little Girl in Old Boston" by Amanda Millie Douglas
But on the sides of the porch, outside the lines of apostles, and not seen clearly till we enter the porch, are the four greater prophets.
"Our Fathers Have Told Us" by John Ruskin
When Miss Corona went downstairs at last, she found Charlotta sobbing in the kitchen porch.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
He loves the wild and woolly front porch too much.
"Roy Blakeley's Bee-line Hike" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
Mr. Opp, at the other end of the porch, also gazed gloomily down the road.
"Mr. Opp" by Alice Hegan Rice
We heard echoes of it from our front porch.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Out on the front porch later in the morning, with Chavis and Pickett standing near, she asked Masten to ride with her.
"The Range Boss" by Charles Alden Seltzer
It was a rather good-looking building of the bungalow type with a wide-spreading porch.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Those gathered upon the porch listened eagerly for the sound of conversation, but none reached their ears.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
From under the porch he saw blue overalls and stubby shoes.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux

In poetry:

In a dream, I saw a wedding
And I think the bride was you.
You the bride and I a beggar
At the porch - it may be true!
""In a dream, I saw a wedding..."" by Konstantin Simonov
"I was with Grant"--the stranger said;
Said the farmer, "Say no more,
But rest thee here at my cottage porch,
For thy feet are weary and sore."
"The Aged Stranger" by Francis Bret Harte
Here on the porch when the work was done,
Sat with a young girl, (not like me,)
Her heart was light as the wool she spun,
And her laughter merry as it could be;
"Little Cyrus" by Alice Cary
The months I count: how long it seems
Since summer! summer, when with her,
There on her porch, in rainy gleams
We watched the flickering lightning stir
In heavens gray as dreams.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
In through the porch and up the silent stair;
Little is changed, I know so well the ways;—
Here, the dead came to meet me; it was there
The dream was dreamed in unforgotten days.
"The Old House" by Amy Levy
Behind her, seen through vines and orchard trees,
Gray with its twinkling windows--like the face
Of calm old-age that sits and smiles at ease--
Porched with old roses, haunts of honey-bees,
The homestead loomed dim in a glimmering space.
"Rosemary" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Searching for America's Front Porch .
Charles County man stabbed on front porch , police looking for pickup driver.
Americans' brings a view from the front porch .
Posh up your front porch .
The front porch is now a tranquil and serene sitting space that brings the outdoors in, while still maintaining all the luxury and comfort of indoor living.
I used to call it junk, now I travel without leaving my front porch .
CLA's ' Front Porch Session' likely to provide food for thought.
Front Porch Digital will make the European debut of LYNXdr disaster recovery and LYNXlocal local appliance extension for its LYNX enterprise-scale cloud implementation of content storage management (CSM), at IBC2012.
Jackson County Sheriff's Office: Suspicious package is paper lantern that landed on front porch .
We've arranged for you, our amazing listeners, the opportunity to meet, greet and watch him perform in our studios, on The KNUE Front Porch .
Watching Bernie is a little like sitting on a shady front porch and gossiping with the town tattlers.
Squarely on the front porch .
Chattanooga police investigate man shot while on front porch .
OXFORD TOWN – A Jackson-based troupe of artists called Front Porch Dance is leading a journey through music and dance this weekend, with a special performance called "thislocation" Saturday night at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center.
Homeowner douses porch fire with garden hose .

In science:

This is akin to running into a four star hotel in the Amazonian jungle (after being randomly dropped in said jungle), and after a relaxing holiday, one finds a convenient highway leading straight back to ones’ porch (without encountering any junctions etc.).
On the Unlikeliness of Multi-Field Inflation: Bounded Random Potentials and our Vacuum