[Coco] What exactly is a couch? (WAS: Re: (no subject))
daveekelly at earthlink.net
Sat Jul 14 00:53:09 EDT 2007
This one got really long. Some defs I was unaware of.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]
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.
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
4. (Painting & Gilding) A preliminary layer, as of color,
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
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.
To couch malt, to spread malt on a floor. --Mortimer.
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
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.
Coach \Coach\ (k[=o]ch; 224), n. [F. coche, fr. It. cocchio,
dim. of cocca little boat, fr. L. concha mussel, mussel
shell, Gr. ?, akin to Skr. [,c]ankha. Cf. Conch,
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
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.
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.
WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]
n 1: an upholstered seat for more than one person [syn: sofa, 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
v : 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]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]
123 Moby Thesaurus words for "couch":
analysis, bear down, bed, bed down, bedstead, bring low, bunk,
burrow, cave, conceive, couch in terms, covert, crawl, creep,
crouch, curl up, debase, den, depress, depth interview,
depth psychology, detrude, divan, doss, downbear, dream analysis,
dream symbolism, earth, embed, embody in words, express, form,
formularize, formulate, frame, give expression to, give words to,
go to bed, go to rest, group analysis, grovel, gumshoe, gurney,
haul down, hole, hug the earth, indent, interpretation of dreams,
kip, lair, lay wait, let down, lie down, lie in wait, lie low,
lie prone, lie prostrate, lie under, litter, lodge, loll, lounge,
lower, lurk, mew, nightwalk, paragraph, phrase, present,
press down, prone, prostrate, prowl, psychanalysis, psychoanalysis,
psychoanalytic method, psychoanalytic therapy, psychognosis,
psychognosy, psychology of depths, pull down, push down, pussyfoot,
put, put in words, recline, reduce, repose, rest, rhetorize, run,
set out, settee, settle, settle to rest, shadow, sink, skulk,
slink, sneak, snug down, sofa, sprawl, squat, stalk, state, steal,
stretcher, style, supinate, take down, take it easy,
take life easy, tete-a-tete, the couch, the hay, the sack,
thrust down, tiptoe, tunnel, underlie, vis-a-vis, word
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.)
U.S. Gazetteer (1990) [gazetteer]
Zip code(s): 65690
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