couch


couch
couch [kouch]
n.
[ME & OFr couche, a bed, lair: see COUCH the vt.]
1. an article of furniture on which one may sit or lie down; sofa; divan
2. any resting place
3. Old Poet. a place for sleeping; bed
4. Obs. an animal's lair or den
5. Brewing a layer of grain spread to germinate
6. Fine Arts a priming layer or coat, as of paint or varnish
vt.
[ME couchen < OFr coucher, to lie down < L collocare, to lay < com-, together + locare, to place: see LOCAL]
1. to lay or put on or as on a couch, as to sleep: now usually used reflexively or in the passive voice
2. to lower or bring down; esp., to lower (a spear, lance, etc.) to an attacking position
3. to put in specific or particular words; phrase; express [the speech was couched in flowery language]
4. to embroider with thread laid flat and fastened down with fine stitches
5. Archaic to put in a layer
6. Obs. to hide
7. Brewing to spread (grain) in a thin layer to germinate
8. Surgery to remove (a cataract) by using a needle to push down the crystalline lens of the eye
vi.
1. to lie down on a bed, as to sleep; recline
2. to lie in hiding or in ambush
3. to lie in a pile, as decomposing leaves
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☆ on the couch
Informal undergoing psychoanalysis

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  • 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}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To lay… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Couch — Couch, v. i. 1. To lie down or recline, as on a bed or other place of rest; to repose; to lie. [1913 Webster] Where souls do couch on flowers, we ll hand in hand. Shak. [1913 Webster] If I court moe women, you ll couch with moe men. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. [1913 Webster] Gentle sleep . . . why liest thou with the vile In loathsome beds,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Couch — Sf Sofa std. reg. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. Couch, dieses aus afrz. couche Lager , einer Ableitung von afrz. coucher niederlegen , aus l. collocāre aufstellen, legen, setzen , aus l. locāre stellen, legen und l. con . Neuerdings… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • couch — couch·an·cy; couch·ant; couch·er; couch; …   English syllables

  • couch — meaning ‘an upholstered piece of furniture’ differs from a sofa in having only one raised end and in being designed for lying on as well as sitting on. It also has special (and often evocative) uses as in psychiatrist s couch, on which the… …   Modern English usage

  • Couch'e — Cou ch[ e] (k?? sh? ), a. [F., p. p. of coucher. See {Couch}, v. t. ] (Her.) (a) Not erect; inclined; said of anything that is usually erect, as an escutcheon. (b) Lying on its side; thus, a chevron couch[ e] is one which emerges from one side of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • couch — kau̇ch vt to treat (a cataract or a person who has a cataract) by displacing the lens of the eye into the vitreous body couch n an article of furniture used (as by a patient undergoing psychoanalysis) for sitting or reclining on the couch… …   Medical dictionary

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