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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Porch n.
 1. 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.   --Dryden.
 2. A portico; a covered walk. [Obs.]
    Repair to Pompey's porch, where you shall find find us.   --Shak.
 The Porch, a public portico, or great hall, in Athens, where Zeno, the philosopher, taught his disciples; hence, sometimes used as equivalent to the school of the Stoics. It was called "h poiki`lh stoa`. [See Poicile.]
 

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sto·ic n.
 1. A disciple of the philosopher Zeno; one of a Greek sect which held that men should be free from passion, unmoved by joy or grief, and should submit without complaint to unavoidable necessity, by which all things are governed.
 2. Hence, a person not easily excited; an apathetic person; one who is apparently or professedly indifferent to pleasure or pain.
    A Stoic of the woods, a man without a tear.   --Campbell.
 School of Stoics. See The Porch, under Porch.