Main definitions of couch in English

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couch1

noun

  • 1A long upholstered piece of furniture for several people to sit on.

    ‘I sat in an armchair and they sat on the couch’
    • ‘The only actual piece of furniture was a worn couch placed in the middle of the room, facing the far wall.’
    • ‘When the elevator stopped, I walked down to the lobby and sat on the middle of the three couches, the couch that faced the front desk.’
    • ‘David gets up and drags the coffee table towards the couch and sits back down, resting his feet on the edge of the table.’
    • ‘There was couches, sofas, chairs, and tables everywhere.’
    • ‘Inside, it was even worse; the furniture was just old couches and chairs that were too old and wrecked to be used in a real house.’
    • ‘Soft, cushioned and immensely appealing couches were the only pieces of furniture in the room.’
    • ‘He hung up the phone and pulled a chair from the kitchen over to the couch and sat down.’
    • ‘On the opposite side of the room were a futon couch and a coffee table.’
    • ‘Joan opted for the two-seater couch and sat stiffly at the edge of it.’
    • ‘The second suggestion was to replace desks and chairs with couches and loveseats in classrooms.’
    • ‘Furniture includes chairs and couches upholstered in amber, magenta, and burgundy.’
    • ‘The place was bare of furniture except for the couch.’
    • ‘Beds, couches and other furniture became higher with changes in sitting posture, since people began to sit on chairs with their legs hanging down.’
    • ‘The room was almost empty except for the random couch, table, desk, and a large plant in the far corner.’
    • ‘It lacked a great deal of furniture; it only had a couch, a table, a fireplace, a book case, and some paintings on the walls.’
    • ‘In its quiet, subtle lighting sat numerous chairs, couches, and end tables.’
    • ‘The house was very nice, with warm honey brown wood furniture and overstuffed couches; it gave off a homey feeling.’
    • ‘Another way to revive your tired furniture, like couches and chairs, is to get them re-upholstered.’
    • ‘His eye fell on the coffee table before his couch, and puzzledly, he picked up the small piece of paper on it.’
    • ‘These prices are inclusive of a full furniture package to include beds, wardrobes, couches, curtains, tables and chairs.’
    settee, sofa, divan, chaise longue, chesterfield, love seat, settle, ottoman
    put-you-up
    day bed, davenport, studio couch, sectional
    canapé, tête-à-tête
    squab
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    1. 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 couch’
      • ‘The Rotary club has also raised funds to buy a new examination couch, costing £350.’
      • ‘Here I am thirteen years later, sobbing on a therapist's couch.’
      • ‘Ashley zoned in to find her doctor standing next to the examination couch.’
      • ‘A bather reclines on a couch, enjoying a massage, while a fountain splashes nearby.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They enter his office to be faced with a comfortable leather sofa and an examination couch, complete with stirrups.’
      • ‘He belongs on a psychiatrist's couch, not inside a boxing ring.’
      • ‘Like a patient on a psychiatrist's couch, it all comes tumbling out.’
      • ‘Although I had never encountered status asthmaticus, the patient struggling for breath on the examination couch fitted the image locked in my memory.’
      • ‘I'm lying on a treatment couch at the Healing Clinic.’
      • ‘I bring it up on my therapist's couch later that day.’
      • ‘I lie on the rectangular couch of Doctor James.’
      • ‘What he really needs is a lot of time on a psychiatrist's couch.’
      • ‘The patient lies on a couch and the bite block is placed into their mouth.’
      • ‘I was dressed in scrubs and I threw my ID badge under the examination couch.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Express (something) in language of a specified style.

    ‘the assurances were couched in general terms’
    • ‘The irony is that they believed they had couched their decision in language no-one would find offensive.’
    • ‘The assessment is couched in general and ambiguous terms that can apply to almost anyone.’
    • ‘Dreams are not couched in the language of everyday speech, but it does not follow that they are necessarily concealing something unacceptable.’
    • ‘The plan is couched in the language of humanitarianism and democracy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Notice how frequently they couch immoral concepts in language using the word ‘moral’?’
    • ‘In other words, although his argument is couched in the language of economics, he implicitly suggests that open source development occurs outside of the market.’
    • ‘While the economists' statement was couched in fairly mild language, an editorial in last Tuesday's edition of the Financial Times was positively scathing.’
    • ‘But once an issue is couched in the language of civil rights, its outcome is no longer in doubt.’
    • ‘Their arguments are attractive because they are couched in mathematical or scientific terms and backed by what seems to be scientific competence.’
    • ‘Many of these claims for interactivity are couched in terms that cast the individual as a consumer rather than a citizen.’
    • ‘Accordingly, in addition to simple differences in plot, the two storylines are couched in entirely different styles, settings, and contexts.’
    • ‘Though they are couched in very polite language, they are bombshells nonetheless.’
    • ‘Yet these demands are deliberately couched in the language of human rights and freedoms.’
    • ‘Since all meditative experiences are so radically subjective it seems difficult to find a language in which to couch an objective or value-free account of them.’
    • ‘Relying on testimonials by interested parties is unreasonable, even if the testimonial is couched in terms of scientific data.’
    • ‘And certainly they think that to convey it to a sports audience they must couch it in those terms.’
    • ‘Her love of the reef is couched in the language of the nature study and science of her time.’
    • ‘Memos and reports are often couched in bureaucratic language and jargon.’
    • ‘Rejections of such proposals are often couched in general and conceptual terms, but pragmatic calculations are almost certainly more important.’
    express, phrase, word, frame, put, formulate, style, render, set forth, put across, convey, communicate, say, state, utter, voice
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  • 2literary Lay down.

    ‘two fair creatures, couched side by side in deepest grass’
  • 3archaic Lower (a spear) to the position for attack.

    ‘To arms! cried Mortimer, and couch'd his quiv'ring lance’
  • 4historical Treat (a cataract) by pushing the lens of the eye downwards and backwards, out of line with the pupil.

    • ‘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’
    • ‘To couch several smaller threads, twist them together before they enter the scroll.’
    • ‘Machine or hand embellishments, from elaborate beading and embroidery to couching with glitzy cords or braids, will enhance your appliqué.’
    • ‘Nine five-clawed dragons are couched in gold thread.’
    • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • on the couch

    • Undergoing psychoanalysis or psychiatric treatment.

      • ‘All of this sounds a bit too much like the analyst putting himself on the couch.’

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).

Pronunciation:

couch

/kaʊtʃ/

Main definitions of couch in English

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couch2

(also couch grass)

noun

  • [mass noun] A coarse grass with long creeping roots, which can be a serious weed in gardens.

    quack grass
    and → quitch
    • ‘This was the weedmat that defeated my oxalis and couch grass.’
    • ‘Raspberries creep underground like couch grass, though unfortunately not so rampantly.’
    • ‘The main weeds dying back were creeping thistle, couch and mature knotgrass.’
    • ‘It's constructed in the Han architectural style with yellow walls, black wood and couch grass.’
    • ‘This may not be fully achievable due to the highly altered environment and presence of couch grass, but an attempt will be made.’

Origin

Late 16th century: variant of quitch.

Pronunciation:

couch

/kuːtʃ/