- 1A long upholstered piece of furniture for several people to sit on: I sat in an armchair and they sat on the couchMore 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.
- 1.1A reclining seat with a headrest at one end on which a psychoanalyst’s subject or doctor’s patient lies while undergoing treatment: the child was lying on the examination couchMore 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.
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- 1Express (something) in language of a specified style: the assurances were couched in general termsMore 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.
- 4 (usually as noun couching) chiefly • historical Treat (a cataract) by pushing the lens of the eye downwards and backwards, out of line with the pupil.More 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 handMore 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.
on the couch
- Undergoing psychoanalysis or psychiatric treatment.More example sentences
- All of this sounds a bit too much like the analyst putting himself on the couch.
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).
(also couch grass)
- A coarse grass with long creeping roots, which can be a serious weed in gardens.
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- Genera Elymus and Agropyron, family Gramineae: several species, in particular the Eurasian common couch (E. repens)
- This was the weedmat that defeated my oxalis and couch grass.
- Raspberries creep underground like couch grass, though unfortunately not so rampantly.
- It's constructed in the Han architectural style with yellow walls, black wood and couch grass.
late 16th century: variant of quitch.