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Definitions of couch

  1. formulate in a particular style or language; " I wouldn't put it that way"; " She cast her request in very polite language"
  2. a flat coat of paint or varnish used by artists as a primer
  3. an upholstered seat for more than one person
  4. To lay upon a bed or other resting place.
  5. To arrange or dispose as in a bed; -- sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun.
  6. To lay or deposit in a bed or layer; to bed.
  7. To transfer ( as sheets of partly dried pulp) from the wire cloth mold to a felt blanket, for further drying.
  8. To conceal; to include or involve darkly.
  9. To arrange; to place; to inlay.
  10. To put into some form of language; to express; to phrase; -- used with in and under.
  11. To treat by pushing down or displacing the opaque lens with a needle; as, to couch a cataract.
  12. To lie down or recline, as on a bed or other place of rest; to repose; to lie.
  13. To lie down for concealment; to hide; to be concealed; to be included or involved darkly.
  14. To bend the body, as in reverence, pain, labor, etc.; to stoop; to crouch.
  15. A bed or place for repose or sleep; particularly, in the United States, a lounge.
  16. Any place for repose, as the lair of a beast, etc.
  17. A mass of steeped barley spread upon a floor to germinate, in malting; or the floor occupied by the barley; as, couch of malt.
  18. A preliminary layer, as of color, size, etc.
  19. To lay upon a bed or other resting- place; to put into words; as to couch a letter in strong words; to lower; as a lance or spear for attack.
  20. To lie down; to hide.
  21. A bed; sofa.
  22. To lay down on a bed, etc.: to arrange in language, to express: to depress or remove a cataract in the eye.
  23. To lie down for the purpose of sleep, concealment, etc.: to bend or stoop in reverence.
  24. Any place for rest or sleep: a bed.
  25. A place for repose; bed.
  26. To lay down; to express; to displace or break up a cataract in the eye.
  27. To lie down.
  28. To lay down; lower, as a spear, for attack.
  29. To express in a form of words.
  30. Surg. To remove, as a cataract.
  31. To lie down; rest; crouch.
  32. A bed or other support for sleeping or reclining.
  33. A place for rest or sleep; a layer or stratum; a coat of colour in oil or water, covering the canvas, wall, or other matter to be painted.
  34. To lay down on a bed or place of rest; to spread on a bed or floor; to lay close; to hide; to express in obscure terms: to involve; to comprise; to express; to fix, as a spear in rest; to remove cataract in the eye.
  35. To lie down, as on a bed or place of repose; to stoop and recline on the knees, as a beast; to lie in secret or in ambush: to lie in a bed or stratum; to stoop; to lower in reverence, or to bend under labour.
  36. A place for rest or sleep; a bed; a sofa; in making malt, a layer or stratum of barley spread on the malt- floor.
  37. To lie down, as on a bed or place of repose; to lay down in a bed or stratum; to conceal or express in words obscurely; to include or comprise; to recline on the knees, as a beast; to crouch; to fix a spear in the posture for attack; to depress or remove the film that overspreads the pupil of the eye, called a cataract.

Usage examples for couch

  1. Harriet, who had come home by that time, sat by the couch and held her sister's hand. – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  2. He walked toward the couch and stood above her. – Gargoyles by Ben Hecht
  3. Cora threw herself upon the invalid's couch, and lay back among the pillows. – Madeline Payne, the Detective's Daughter by Lawrence L. Lynch
  4. His eyes were dark with misery as he raised his head and looked about quickly for some couch on which to lay her. – The Shadow of the East by E. M. Hull
  5. My wife went to the couch and lay down. – The Wife and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  6. Beside his couch I knelt, and bowed my head- I, his first- born, whom all the people loved. – Stories in Verse by Henry Abbey
  7. Therese threw herself on a couch at some distance, and hid her face. – The Hour and the Man An Historical Romance by Harriet Martineau
  8. Aleck, still standing by Agatha's couch, suddenly shook himself. – The Stolen Singer by Martha Idell Fletcher Bellinger
  9. After that hour she spent the long spring days lying on the old couch in his room, reading his books, thinking of his love and life, and listening to " David's voice." – Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott
  10. I was lying on the couch and she came over and knelt down beside me and talked to me a long time about her father. – Those Dale Girls by Frank Weston Carruth
  11. John Whyley followed, and the comfortable couch was carried from its neighbourhood by the ghastly figure lying beyond the table, into the surgery, placed close to the wall, and the wounded man carefully placed upon it in an easier position. – The Bag of Diamonds by George Manville Fenn
  12. " It does not, however, seem to be a way of escape for me," said the pirate, letting himself sink back on his couch with a weary sigh. – The Madman and the Pirate by R.M. Ballantyne
  13. As Sintram now sat close by his father's couch, all who were in the room perceived a remarkable and striking change. – Sintram and His Companions by Friedrich de la Motte Fouque Commentator: Charlotte M. Yonge
  14. She had met her brother, whom she did not find at Kanopus, at Berenike's, and after greeting Dion on his couch of pain, she told Archibius of her anxiety. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  15. I replied, picking up the seed catalogues to make room for myself on the couch. – The Hills of Hingham by Dallas Lore Sharp
  16. Lycabetta turned a little on the couch to look at her. – The Proud Prince by Justin Huntly McCarthy
  17. The front door closed as she uttered these words, after which she turned back into the room, and threw herself upon a couch. – A Double Knot by George Manville Fenn
  18. Hetty suddenly threw herself upon the couch and buried her face in her arms. – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
  19. There was certainly no one on that couch. – The Exploits of Elaine by Arthur B. Reeve
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