American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A porch or walkway with a roof supported by columns, often leading to the entrance of a building.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. A porch, or a small space with a roof supported by columns, serving as the entrance to a building.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Arch.) A colonnade or covered ambulatory, especially in classical styles of architecture; usually, a colonnade at the entrance of a building.
- n. a porch or entrance to a building consisting of a covered and often columned area
- From Italian portico, from Latin porticus ("porch"), from porta ("gate"). (Wiktionary)
- Italian, from Latin porticus, from porta, gate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Behind the portico was a covered walkway leading to the villa itself.”
“Close to the walls of the portico are the remains of another building, which had probably been a temple similar to the above, and not a part of the same structure, for I could not perceive any corresponding parts in the two buildings.”
“The western portico, which is by far the best preserved, was examined by two trenches; in 2006 we dug a test sounding within the shops behind the portico.”
“In the chief street of Elgin, the houses jut over the lowest story, like the old buildings of timber in London, but with greater prominence; so that there is sometimes a walk for a considerable length under a cloister, or portico, which is now indeed frequently broken, because the new houses have another form, but seems to have been uniformly continued in the old city.”
“The form of a portico is the arrangement of its columns; the form of a melody is the order of sounds.”
“The portico was a sort of trysting place for the family and visitors on summer afternoons and evenings, and some of the thirty or so Windsor chairs bought for it are still in existence.”
“At each end of the portico is a small cabinet, with appropriate paintings: in one of them a painting of Venus, Mars, and”
“The portico, which is of massive dimensions, is approached by a commanding flight of granite steps, which runs round three sides of it.”
“Seated in state on the portico was the governor, surrounded by judges of the Supreme Court, officers, and citizens.”
“Under the portico was a marble tablet, inscribed in good Latin, to the pious memory of a Pozzo di Borgo , who restored the chapel in 1632.”
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