[kouch or for 6, 14, kooch]
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 couching.
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.

1300–50; (noun) Middle English couche < Anglo-French, Old French, derivative of coucher; (v.) Middle English couchen < Anglo-French, Old French coucher, Old French colcher < Latin collocāre to put into place, equivalent to col- col- + locāre to put, place; see locate

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couch (kaʊtʃ)
1.  a piece of upholstered furniture, usually having a back and armrests, for seating more than one person
2.  a bed, esp one used in the daytime by the patients of a doctor or a psychoanalyst
3.  a frame upon which barley is malted
4.  a priming layer of paint or varnish, esp in a painting
5.  papermaking
 a.  a board on which sheets of handmade paper are dried by pressing
 b.  a felt blanket onto which sheets of partly dried paper are transferred for further drying
 c.  a roll on a papermaking machine from which the wet web of paper on the wire is transferred to the next section
6.  archaic the lair of a wild animal
7.  (tr) to express in a particular style of language: couched in an archaic style
8.  (when tr, usually reflexive or passive) to lie down or cause to lie down for or as for sleep
9.  archaic (intr) to lie in ambush; lurk
10.  (tr) to spread (barley) on a frame for malting
11.  (intr) (of decomposing leaves) to lie in a heap or bed
12.  (tr) to embroider or depict by couching
13.  (tr) to lift (sheets of handmade paper) onto the board on which they will be dried
14.  (tr) surgery to remove (a cataract) by downward displacement of the lens of the eye
15.  archaic (tr) to lower (a lance) into a horizontal position
[C14: from Old French couche a bed, lair, from coucher to lay down, from Latin collocāre to arrange, from locāre to place; see locate]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. colchier, from L. collocare "to lay," from com- "together" + locare "to place" (see locate). Meaning "to put into words" is from 1529. Heraldic couchant is late 15c., from Fr. prp.

mid-14c., from O.Fr. couche "a bed, lair," from coucher "to lie down," from L. 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. The first element in Couch-grass (1570s) is a corruption of O.E. cwice (see quick).
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Bible Dictionary

Couch definition

(Gen. 49:4; 1 Chr. 5:1; Job 7:13; Ps. 6:6, etc.), a seat for repose or rest. (See BED.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Britannica


in modern usage a sofa or settee, but in the 17th and 18th centuries a long, upholstered seat for reclining, one end sloping and high enough to provide a back rest and headrest.

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