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English Dictionary: couch by the DICT Development Group
7 results for couch
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  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
  1. formulate in a particular style or language; "I wouldn't put it that way"; "She cast her request in very polite language"
    Synonym(s): frame, redact, cast, put, couch
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Coach \Coach\ (?; 224), n. [F. coche, fr. It. cocchio, dim. of
      cocca little boat, fr. L. concha mussel, mussel shell, Gr.
      [?], akin to Skr. [87]ankha. Cf. {Conch}, {Cockboat},
      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; a trainer; esp. one who trains a boat's crew
            for a race. [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}.]
                     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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Couch \Couch\ (kouch), v. t. [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.
      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.
      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.
      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] 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.
      {To couch malt}, to spread malt on a floor. --Mortimer.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Couch \Couch\, n. [F. couche, OF. colche, culche, fr. colchier.
      See {Couch}, v. t. ]
      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?
                     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 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Couch \Couch\, v. i.
      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.
      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.
      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 U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]:
   Couch, MO
      Zip code(s): 65690

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary [easton]:
      (Gen. 49:4; 1 Chr. 5:1; Job 7:13; Ps. 6:6, etc.), a seat for
      repose or rest. (See {BED}.)
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