This style of couching was commonly used as a ground in ecclesiastical work of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
Elsewhere it is kept in place by "couching," a process presently to be described.
Almost every example of early gold thread work exhibits this obsolete and ingenious method of couching.
Filoselle is well adapted to couching, and may be laid double (24 threads).
SAM, couching the retort in clerical language, said in effect, "You're another!"
Then Oliver alighted from his horse, and couching upon the red earth, cried aloud his Mea Culpa.
The tapestry needle will be brought into use for our next stitch, which will be couching.
Herds of deer were nipping the short grass, browsing the lower spray of the ashes, or couching amid the ferny hollows.
couching their lances, they rushed furiously upon each other.
Suddenly Romara knocked up the rifles of the couching Swiss; he yelled to the houses to stop firing.
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.)