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couch

Syllabification: couch
Pronunciation: /kouCH
 
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Definition of couch in English:

noun

1A long upholstered piece of furniture for several people to sit on.
Example sentences
  • Furniture includes chairs and couches upholstered in amber, magenta, and burgundy.
  • These prices are inclusive of a full furniture package to include beds, wardrobes, couches, curtains, tables and chairs.
  • The only actual piece of furniture was a worn couch placed in the middle of the room, facing the far wall.
Synonyms
1.1A reclining seat with a headrest at one end on which a psychoanalyst’s subject or doctor’s patient lies while undergoing treatment.
Example sentences
  • They enter his office to be faced with a comfortable leather sofa and an examination couch, complete with stirrups.
  • Although I had never encountered status asthmaticus, the patient struggling for breath on the examination couch fitted the image locked in my memory.
  • One UK department introduced a system where a doctor saw all patients with minor injuries that did not need an examination couch or an urgent intervention.

verb

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1 (usually be couched in) Express (something) in language of a specified style: many false claims are couched in scientific jargon
More example sentences
  • Notice how frequently they couch immoral concepts in language using the word ‘moral’?
  • Of the three, the last is poetry couched in a simple language that can be understood even by those who have a basic knowledge of Sanskrit.
  • Many of these claims for interactivity are couched in terms that cast the individual as a consumer rather than a citizen.
Synonyms
express, phrase, word, frame, put, formulate, style, convey, say, state, utter
2 [no object] literary Lie down: two creatures couched side by side in the deep grass
3 archaic Lower (a spear) to the position for attack.
4 (usually as noun couching) chiefly historical Treat (a cataract) by pushing the lens of the eye downward and backward, out of line with the pupil.
Example sentences
  • The surgeon performed a type of cataract surgery known as couching.
  • The successful removal of the cataract by the couching method that he advocated and practised as early as in the 18th Century was perhaps as stunning an achievement as those of his British and European counterparts of that era.
5(In embroidery) fix (a thread) to a fabric by stitching it down flat with another thread: gold and silver threads couched by hand
More example sentences
  • Try pin-tucking fabric, or couching down decorative threads, embroider by hand or by machine on the fronts, or even try beading an evening vest.
  • Nine five-clawed dragons are couched in gold thread.
  • Machine or hand embellishments, from elaborate beading and embroidery to couching with glitzy cords or braids, will enhance your appliqué.

Origin

Middle English (as a noun denoting something to sleep on; as a verb in the sense 'lay something down'): from Old French couche (noun), coucher (verb), from Latin collocare 'place together' (see collocate).

Phrases

on the couch

1
Undergoing psychoanalysis or psychiatric treatment.
Example sentences
  • All of this sounds a bit too much like the analyst putting himself on the couch.

Words that rhyme with couch

avouch, crouch, debouch, grouch, ouch, pouch, slouch, vouch

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