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Couch vs. Armchair

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Couchnoun

An item of furniture, often upholstered, for the comfortable seating of more than one person.

Armchairnoun

A chair with supports for the arms or elbows.

Couchnoun

A bed, a resting-place.

Armchairadjective

(figuratively) Remote from actual involvement, including a person retired from previously active involvement.

‘These days I'm an armchair detective.’;

Couchnoun

A preliminary layer, as of colour or size.

Armchairadjective

(figuratively) Unqualified or uninformed but yet giving advice, especially on technical issues, such as law, architecture, medicine, military theory, or sports.

‘He's just an armchair lawyer who thinks he knows a lot about the law because he reads a legal blog on the internet.’; ‘After the American football game, the armchair quarterbacks talked about what they would have done differently to win, if they had been star athletes instead of out-of-shape old men.’;

Couchnoun

(brewing) A mass of steeped barley spread upon a floor to germinate, in malting; or the floor occupied by the barley.

‘a couch of malt’;

Armchairverb

To create based on theory or general knowledge rather than data.

Couchnoun

, a species of persistent grass, Elymus repens, usually considered a weed.

Armchairverb

To theorize based on analysis of data that was gathered previously; To reflect.

Couchverb

To lie down; to recline (upon a couch or other place of repose).

Armchairnoun

A chair with arms to support the elbows or forearms.

Couchverb

(archaic) To lie down for concealment; to conceal, to hide; to be concealed; to be included or involved darkly or secretly.

Armchairnoun

chair with a support on each side for arms

Couchverb

To bend the body, as in reverence, pain, labor, etc.; to stoop; to crouch.

Armchairadjective

remote from actual involvement;

‘armchair warriors in the Pentagon’; ‘an armchair anthropologist’;

Couchverb

(transitive) To lay something upon a bed or other resting place.

Couchverb

(transitive) To arrange or dispose as if in a bed.

Couchverb

(transitive) To lay or deposit in a bed or layer; to bed.

Couchverb

(transitive) To lower (a spear or lance) to the position of attack.

Couchverb

In the treatment of a cataract in the eye, to displace the opaque lens with a sharp object such as a needle. The technique is regarded as largely obsolete.

Couchverb

To transfer (for example, sheets of partly dried pulp) from the wire mould to a felt blanket for further drying.

Couchverb

To attach a thread onto fabric with small stitches in order to add texture.

Couchverb

To phrase in a particular style; to use specific wording for.

‘He couched it as a request, but it was an order.’;

Couchverb

To lay upon a bed or other resting place.

‘Where unbruised youth, with unstuffed brain,Does couch his limbs, there golden sleep doth reign.’;

Couchverb

To arrange or dispose as in a bed; - sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun.

‘The waters couch themselves as may be to the center of this globe, in a spherical convexity.’;

Couchverb

To lay or deposit in a bed or layer; to bed.

‘It is at this day in use at Gaza, to couch potsherds, or vessels of earth, in their walls.’;

Couchverb

To transfer (as sheets of partly dried pulp) from the wire cloth mold to a felt blanket, for further drying.

Couchverb

To conceal; to include or involve darkly.

‘There is all this, and more, that lies naturally couched under this allegory.’;

Couchverb

To arrange; to place; to inlay.

Couchverb

To put into some form of language; to express; to phrase; - used with in and under.

‘A well-couched invective.’; ‘I had received a letter from Flora couched in rather cool terms.’;

Couchverb

To treat by pushing down or displacing the opaque lens with a needle; as, to couch a cataract.

‘He stooped his head, and couched his spear,And spurred his steed to full career.’;

Couchverb

To lie down or recline, as on a bed or other place of rest; to repose; to lie.

‘Where souls do couch on flowers, we 'll hand in hand.’; ‘If I court moe women, you 'll couch with moe men.’;

Couchverb

To lie down for concealment; to hide; to be concealed; to be included or involved darkly.

‘We 'll couch in the castle ditch, till we see the light of our fairies.’; ‘The half-hidden, hallf-revealed wonders, that yet couch beneath the words of the Scripture.’;

Couchverb

To bend the body, as in reverence, pain, labor, etc.; to stoop; to crouch.

‘An aged squireThat seemed to couch under his shield three-square.’;

Couchnoun

A bed or place for repose or sleep; particularly, in the United States, a lounge.

‘Gentle sleep . . . why liest thou with the vileIn loathsome beds, and leavest the kingly couch?’; ‘Like one that wraps the drapery of his couchAbout him, and lies down to pleasant dreams.’;

Couchnoun

Any place for repose, as the lair of a beast, etc.

Couchnoun

A mass of steeped barley spread upon a floor to germinate, in malting; or the floor occupied by the barley; as, couch of malt.

Couchnoun

A preliminary layer, as of color, size, etc.

Couchnoun

an upholstered seat for more than one person

Couchnoun

a flat coat of paint or varnish used by artists as a primer

Couchnoun

a narrow bed on which a patient lies during psychiatric or psychoanalytic treatment

Couchverb

formulate in a particular style or language;

‘I wouldn't put it that way’; ‘She cast her request in very polite language’;

Couchnoun

a long upholstered piece of furniture for several people to sit on

‘I sat in an armchair and they sat on the couch’;

Couchnoun

a 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’;

Couchnoun

a coarse grass with long creeping roots, which can be a serious weed in gardens.

Couchverb

express (something) in language of a specified style

‘the assurances were couched in general terms’;

Couchverb

lay down

‘two fair creatures, couched side by side in deepest grass’;

Couchverb

lower (a spear) to the position for attack

‘To arms! cried Mortimer, and couch'd his quiv'ring lance’;

Couchverb

treat (a cataract) by pushing the lens of the eye downwards and backwards, out of line with the pupil.

Couchverb

(in embroidery) fix (a thread) to a fabric by stitching it down flat with another thread

‘gold and silver threads couched by hand’;

Couch

A couch, also known as a sofa, settee, futon, or chesterfield (see Etymology below), is a piece of furniture for seating two or three people. It is commonly found in the form of a bench, with upholstered armrests, and often fitted with springs and tailored cushions.

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