[kouch or for 6, 14, kooch] /kaʊtʃ or for 6, 14, kutʃ/
a piece of furniture for seating from two to four people, typically in the form of a bench with a back, sometimes having an armrest at one or each end, and partly or wholly upholstered and often fitted with springs, tailored cushions, skirts, etc.; sofa.
a similar article of furniture, with a headrest at one end, on which some patients of psychiatrists or psychoanalysts lie while undergoing treatment.
a bed or other place of rest; a lounge; any place used for repose.
the lair of a wild beast.
Brewing. the frame on which barley is spread to be malted.
Papermaking. the board or felt blanket on which wet pulp is laid for drying into paper sheets.
Fine Arts. a primer coat or layer, as of paint.
verb (used with object)
to arrange or frame (words, a sentence, etc.); put into words; express:
a simple request couched in respectful language.
to express indirectly or obscurely:
the threat couched under his polite speech.
to lower or bend down, as the head.
to lower (a spear, lance, etc.) to a horizontal position, as for attack.
to put or lay down, as for rest or sleep; cause to lie down.
to lay or spread flat.
Papermaking. to transfer (a sheet of pulp) from the wire to the couch.
to embroider by .
Archaic. to hide; conceal.
verb (used without object)
to lie at rest or asleep; repose; recline.
to crouch; bend; stoop.
to lie in ambush or in hiding; lurk.
to lie in a heap for decomposition or fermentation, as leaves.
on the couch, Informal. undergoing psychiatric or psychoanalytic treatment.
a piece of upholstered furniture, usually having a back and armrests, for seating more than one person
a bed, esp one used in the daytime by the patients of a doctor or a psychoanalyst
a frame upon which barley is malted
a priming layer of paint or varnish, esp in a painting
(archaic) the lair of a wild animal
(transitive) to express in a particular style of language: couched in an archaic style
(when transitive, usually reflexive or passive) to lie down or cause to lie down for or as for sleep
(intransitive) (archaic) to lie in ambush; lurk
(transitive) to spread (barley) on a frame for malting
(intransitive) (of decomposing leaves) to lie in a heap or bed
(transitive) to embroider or depict by couching
(transitive) to lift (sheets of handmade paper) onto the board on which they will be dried
(transitive) (surgery) to remove (a cataract) by downward displacement of the lens of the eye
(transitive) (archaic) to lower (a lance) into a horizontal position
c.1300, “to overlay with gold, inlay,” from Old French couchier “to lay down, place; go to bed, put to bed,” from Latin collocare “to lay, place, station, arrange,” from com- “together” (see com-) + locare “to place” (see locate). Meaning “to put into words” is from 1520s. Related: Couched; couching. Heraldic couchant (“lying down with the head up”) is late 15c., from the French present participle.
mid-14c., from Old French couche (12c.) “a bed, lair,” from coucher “to lie down,” from Latin collocare (see couch (v.)). Traditionally, a couch has the head end only raised, and only half a back; a sofa has both ends raised and a full back; a settee is like a sofa but may be without arms; an ottoman has neither back nor arms, nor has a divan, the distinctive feature of which is that it goes against a wall. Couch potato first recorded 1979.
(Gen. 49:4; 1 Chr. 5:1; Job 7:13; Ps. 6:6, etc.), a seat for repose or rest. (See BED.)
[koo-cher, kou-] /ˈku tʃər, ˈkaʊ-/ noun, Papermaking. 1. the worker who transfers sheets of wet pulp to the .
[koo-shet] /kuˈʃɛt/ noun, Railroads. 1. a sleeping berth in a passenger compartment that can be collapsed to form a benchlike seat for daytime use. 2. a compartment containing such berths. /kuːˈʃɛt/ noun 1. a bed in a railway carriage, esp one converted from seats
[kouch, kooch] /kaʊtʃ, kutʃ/ noun 1. any of various grasses, especially Agropyron repens, known chiefly as troublesome weeds and characterized by creeping rootstocks that spread rapidly. /kaʊtʃ; kuːtʃ/ noun 1. a grass, Agropyron repens, with a yellowish-white creeping underground stem by which it spreads quickly: a troublesome weed Sometimes shortened to couch Also called scutch […]
[kouch-surf] /ˈkaʊtʃˌsɜrf/ Informal. verb (used without object) 1. to stay overnight in someone’s else’s home while traveling: He couch-surfed at the houses of strangers and friends. verb (used with object) 2. travel through (a place) or make (one’s way) by staying overnight in other people’s homes: She spent a year couch-surfing the country.