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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n portico a porch or entrance to a building consisting of a covered and often columned area
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Portico (Arch) A colonnade or covered ambulatory, especially in classical styles of architecture; usually, a colonnade at the entrance of a building.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n portico In architecture, a structure consisting essentially of a roof supported on at least one side by columns, sometimes detached, as a shady walk, or place of assemblage, but generally, in modern usage, a porch or an open vestibule at the entrance of a building; a colonnade. Porticos are called tetrastyle, hexastyle, octastyle, decastyle, etc., according as they have four, six, eight, ten, or more columns in front; in classical examples they are also distinguished as prostyle or in antis, according as they project before the building or are inclosed between its side walls prolonged.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Portico pōr′ti-kō (archit.) a range of columns in the front of a building: a colonnade: a porch before the entrance to a building: the Stoic philosophy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., L. porticus,. See Porch
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It.,—L. porticus, a porch.


In literature:

The two frontages are each adorned with a pillared portico and a pylon.
"Manual Of Egyptian Archaeology And Guide To The Study Of Antiquities In Egypt" by Gaston Camille Charles Maspero
Rand, walking hastily through the hail of the Capitol, came out into the portico.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
Out of the carriage stepped, not the Bishop, but the tall figure of Dick Vernon, who rang the bell, and then examined a crack in the portico.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
She climbs the steps of the portico.
"David Lockwin--The People's Idol" by John McGovern
The portico was at first built under the slab by pushing an end-stone inwards.
"Rough Stone Monuments and Their Builders" by T. Eric Peet
On either side of the portico were guard-rooms, which opened upon it, in length twenty-three feet, and in breadth thirteen.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia" by George Rawlinson
The corresponding western court was devoted to the roomy portico.
"Idolatry" by Julian Hawthorne
They ran swiftly for a moment and then disappeared into dark caverns under toppling porticos.
"The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915" by Various
That was, to make the portico two columns deep only, instead of three, as the original is.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
You were there; you saw us in the portico of the reception-rooms at that London hotel.
"The Ghost" by Arnold Bennett

In poetry:

I see her reach the portico,
Where muses smiling now,
Adorn with the green laurel wreath,
Her broad and thoughtful brow.
"Tribute" by Eloise Alberta Bibb
It was a noble portico,
'Neath which the beggar stept,
And none would guess, one in distress
There shiv'ring sat and wept.
"The Dean's Brother" by John Hartley
When roses die, in languid August days,
We leave the Garden, to its fallen ways;
And seek the shelter of wide porticos,
Where Honeysuckle, in defiance blows
Undaunted by the Sun's too ardent rays.
"Songs Of A Country Home" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
IIlileo Legardi, in the shade your palace throws
Like a cowl about the singer at your gilded porticos,
A moan goes with the music that may vex the high repose
Of a heart that fades and crumbles as the crimson of a rose.
"Illileo" by James Whitcomb Riley
Yet, farther on, another abode
Its pillared portico proudly showed.
From its windows high flowed streams of light,
Mingling with outside shadows of night;
And the strains of music rapid, gay—
Told well how within sped the hours away.
"Rich And Poor" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon
The rhythmic seasons chill and burn and chill,
Cooling old angers, warming hearts again.
The ancient building quickens to the thrill
Of lilting feet; but only singing rain
Flutters old echoes in the portico;
Those who can still remember love it so.
"Silences" by DuBose Heyward

In news:

Andy, of Ridge Spring, South Carolina, proposed to Emily, from Charleston, underneath the portico of St Michael's Church, where her grandmother was married.
Enclosing a Frick Portico Would Create a Gallery.
Enclosing a Frick Portico Would Create a Gallery.
A model showcases designs at the Sister By Sibling Salon Show on day 2 of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013, at The Portico Show Space on September 15, 2012 in London, England.
Models showcase designs at the Sister By Sibling Salon Show on day 2 of London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2013, at The Portico Show Space on September 15, 2012 in London, England.
Abraham Lincoln delivered his first Inaugural Address on the East Portico of the Capitol on March 4, 1861.
Rupert Neve Designs Portico 517.
Portico is an uncommon brewery.
Portico Brewing Company is the brainchild of friends Alex Rabe and Alex Zielke.
New York — Portico Home and Spa has exclusively licensed Home Source International to produce a program of eco-friendly home textiles products.
" Portico is the true, certified organic brand — the real McCoy in home," said Keith Sorgeloos, Home Source ceo.
Net2TV Launches Portico Streaming TV Service.
CE Mark for STJ's 23 mm Portico.
Rupert Neve Designs has introduced the Portico 543 Mono Compressor, which delivers unobtrusive, musical-sounding dynamic control and brick-wall limiting found in the Portico 5043 module to the 500 series format.
President Barack Obama and his family arrive in their vehicle to the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012, for the first time after being re-elected president.