Definitions for: Couch

[n] a narrow bed on which a patient lies during psychiatric or psychoanalytic treatment
[n] a flat coat of paint or varnish used by artists as a primer
[n] an upholstered seat for more than one person
[v] formulate in a particular style or language; "I wouldn't put it that way"; "She cast her request in very polite language"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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.

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.

Synonyms: cast, frame, lounge, put, redact, sofa

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