from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stoop of which the steps are divided into two or more flights, which therefore has a platform and projects into the street as a mass of some height.
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York houses by introducing a box-stoop and steps with a carved stone balustrade, at the top of which perched a meek old lion of 1890, with battered ears and a truly sensitive stone nose.
They sat out on the box-stoop -- the unfriendly New York street adopting for a time the frank neighborliness of a village -- and exclaimed over every breeze.