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Couch

5 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Couch \Couch\, noun [F. couche, OF. colche, culche, fr. colchier. See {Couch}, verb (used with an object) ]

1. A bed or place for repose or sleep; particularly, in the United States, a lounge.

Gentle sleep . . . why liest thou with the vile In loathsome beds, and leavest the kingly couch? --Shak.

Like one that wraps the drapery of his couch About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams. --Bryant.

2. Any place for repose, as the lair of a beast, etc.

3. A mass of steeped barley spread upon a floor to germinate, in malting; or the floor occupied by the barley; as, couch of malt.

4. (Painting & Gilding) A preliminary layer, as of color, size, etc.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Couch \Couch\ (kouch), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Couched} (koucht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Couching}.] [F. coucher to lay down, lie down, OF. colchier, fr. L. collocare to lay, put, place; col- + locare to place, fr. locus place. See {Locus}.]

1. To lay upon a bed or other resting place.

Where unbruised youth, with unstuffed brain, Does couch his limbs, there golden sleep doth reign. --Shak.

2. To arrange or dispose as in a bed; -- sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun.

The waters couch themselves as may be to the center of this globe, in a spherical convexity. --T. Burnet.

3. To lay or deposit in a bed or layer; to bed.

It is at this day in use at Gaza, to couch potsherds, or vessels of earth, in their walls. --Bacon.

4. (Paper Making) To transfer (as sheets of partly dried pulp) from the wire cloth mold to a felt blanket, for further drying.

5. To conceal; to include or involve darkly.

There is all this, and more, that lies naturally couched under this allegory. --L'Estrange.

6. To arrange; to place; to inlay. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

7. To put into some form of language; to express; to phrase; -- used with in and under.

A well-couched invective. --Milton.

I had received a letter from Flora couched in rather cool terms. --Blackw. Mag.

8. (Med.) To treat by pushing down or displacing the opaque lens with a needle; as, to couch a cataract.

{To couch a spear} or {To couch a lance}, to lower to the position of attack; to place in rest.

He stooped his head, and couched his spear, And spurred his steed to full career. --Sir W. Scott.

{To couch malt}, to spread malt on a floor. --Mortimer.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Couch \Couch\, verb (used without an object)

1. To lie down or recline, as on a bed or other place of rest; to repose; to lie.

Where souls do couch on flowers, we 'll hand in hand. --Shak.

If I court moe women, you 'll couch with moe men. --Shak.

2. To lie down for concealment; to hide; to be concealed; to be included or involved darkly.

We 'll couch in the castle ditch, till we see the light of our fairies. --Shak.

The half-hidden, hallf-revealed wonders, that yet couch beneath the words of the Scripture. --I. Taylor.

3. To bend the body, as in reverence, pain, labor, etc.; to stoop; to crouch. [Obs.]

An aged squire That seemed to couch under his shield three-square. --Spenser.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Coach \Coach\ (k[=o]ch; 224), noun [F. coche, fr. It. cocchio, dim. of cocca little boat, fr. L. concha mussel, mussel shell, Gr. ?, akin to Skr. [,c]ankha. Cf. {Conch}, {Cockboat}, {Cockle}.]

1. A large, closed, four-wheeled carriage, having doors in the sides, and generally a front and back seat inside, each for two persons, and an elevated outside seat in front for the driver.

Note: Coaches have a variety of forms, and differ in respect to the number of persons they can carry. Mail coaches and tallyho coaches often have three or more seats inside, each for two or three persons, and seats outside, sometimes for twelve or more.

2. A special tutor who assists in preparing a student for examination. [Colloq.]

Wareham was studying for India with a Wancester coach. --G. Eliot.

3. (Naut.) A cabin on the after part of the quarter-deck, usually occupied by the captain. [Written also {couch}.] [Obs.]

The commanders came on board and the council sat in the coach. --Pepys.

4. (Railroad) A first-class passenger car, as distinguished from a drawing-room car, sleeping car, etc. It is sometimes loosely applied to any passenger car.

5. One who coaches; specif. (sports), a trainer; one who assists in training individual athletes or the members of a sports team, or who performs other ancillary functions in sports; as, a third base coach. [+PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

couch

noun

1: an upholstered seat for more than one person [syn: {sofa}, {couch}, {lounge}]

2: a flat coat of paint or varnish used by artists as a primer

3: a narrow bed on which a patient lies during psychiatric or psychoanalytic treatment

verb

1: formulate in a particular style or language; "I wouldn't put it that way"; "She cast her request in very polite language" [syn: {frame}, {redact}, {cast}, {put}, {couch}]

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