Couch vs. Chair - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Couch and Chair is that the Couch is a piece of furniture for seating two or more persons in the form of a bench with armrests and Chair is a piece of furniture for sitting on.

Wikipedia

  • Couch

    A couch (British English, U.S. English, Hiberno English), also known as a sofa or settee (Commonwealth English), is a piece of furniture for seating two or three people in the form of a bench, with armrests, which is partially or entirely upholstered, and often fitted with springs and tailored cushions. Although a couch is used primarily for seating, it may be used for sleeping. In homes, couches are normally found in the family room, living room, den, or the lounge. They are sometimes also found in non-residential settings such as hotels, lobbies of commercial offices, waiting rooms, and bars.

  • Chair

    A chair is a piece of furniture with a raised surface supported by legs, commonly used to seat a single person. Chairs are supported most often by four legs and have a back; however, a chair can have three legs or can have a different shape. Chairs are made of a wide variety of materials, ranging from wood to metal to synthetic material (e.g. plastic), and they may be padded or upholstered in various colors and fabrics, either just on the seat (as with some dining room chairs) or on the entire chair. Chairs are used in a number of rooms in homes (e.g. in living rooms, dining rooms, and dens), in schools and offices (with desks), and in various other workplaces. A chair without a back or arm rests is a stool, or when raised up, a bar stool. A chair with arms is an armchair; one with upholstery, reclining action, and a fold-out footrest is a recliner. A permanently fixed chair in a train or theater is a seat or, in an airplane, airline seat; when riding, it is a saddle or bicycle saddle; and for an automobile, a car seat or infant car seat. With wheels it is a wheelchair; or when hung from above, a swing. An upholstered, padded chair for two people is a 'loveseat', while if it is for more than two person it is a couch, sofa, or settee; or if is not upholstered, a bench. A separate footrest for a chair, usually upholstered, is known as an ottoman, hassock, or pouffe.

Wiktionary

  • Couch (noun)

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

  • Couch (noun)

    A bed, a resting-place.

  • Couch (noun)

    A preliminary layer, as of colour or size.

  • Couch (noun)

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

    "a couch of malt"

  • Couch (noun)

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

  • Couch (verb)

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

  • Couch (verb)

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

  • Couch (verb)

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

  • Couch (verb)

    To lay something upon a bed or other resting place.

  • Couch (verb)

    To arrange or dispose as if in a bed.

  • Couch (verb)

    To lay or bed.

  • Couch (verb)

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

  • Couch (verb)

    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.

  • Couch (verb)

    To transfer (for example, sheets of partly dried felt blanket for further drying.

  • Couch (verb)

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

  • Couch (verb)

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

    "He couched it as a request, but it was an order."

  • Chair (noun)

    An item of furniture used to sit on or in comprising a seat, legs, back, and sometimes arm rests, for use by one person. Compare stool, couch, sofa, settee, loveseat and bench.

    "All I need to weather a snowstorm is hot coffee, a warm fire, a good book and a comfortable chair."

  • Chair (noun)

    The seating position of a particular musician in an orchestra.

    "My violin teacher used to play first chair with the Boston Pops."

  • Chair (noun)

    An iron block used on railways to support the rails and secure them to the sleepers, and similar devices.

  • Chair (noun)

    One of two possible conformers of cyclohexane rings (the other being boat), shaped roughly like a chair.

  • Chair (noun)

    A distinguished professorship at a university.

  • Chair (noun)

    A vehicle for one person; either a sedan borne upon poles, or a two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse; a gig.

  • Chair (verb)

    to act as chairperson at; to preside over

    "Bob will chair tomorrow's meeting."

  • Chair (verb)

    to carry in a seated position upon one's shoulders, especially in celebration or victory

  • Chair (verb)

    to award a chair to (a winning poet) at a Welsh eisteddfod

    "The poet was chaired at the national Eisteddfod."

Oxford Dictionary

  • Couch (noun)

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

    "I sat in an armchair and they sat on the couch"

  • Couch (noun)

    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"

  • Couch (noun)

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

  • Couch (verb)

    express (something) in language of a specified style

    "the assurances were couched in general terms"

  • Couch (verb)

    lay down

    "two fair creatures, couched side by side in deepest grass"

  • Couch (verb)

    lower (a spear) to the position for attack

    "To arms! cried Mortimer, and couch'd his quiv'ring lance"

  • Couch (verb)

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

  • Couch (verb)

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

    "gold and silver threads couched by hand"

Webster Dictionary

  • Couch

    To lay upon a bed or other resting place.

  • Couch

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

  • Couch

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

  • Couch

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

  • Couch

    To conceal; to include or involve darkly.

  • Couch

    To arrange; to place; to inlay.

  • Couch

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

  • Couch

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

  • Couch (verb)

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

  • Couch (verb)

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

  • Couch (verb)

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

  • Couch (noun)

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

  • Couch (noun)

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

  • Couch (noun)

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

  • Couch (noun)

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

  • Chair (noun)

    A movable single seat with a back.

  • Chair (noun)

    An official seat, as of a chief magistrate or a judge, but esp. that of a professor; hence, the office itself.

  • Chair (noun)

    The presiding officer of an assembly; a chairman; as, to address the chair.

  • Chair (noun)

    A vehicle for one person; either a sedan borne upon poles, or two-wheeled carriage, drawn by one horse; a gig.

  • Chair (noun)

    An iron block used on railways to support the rails and secure them to the sleepers.

  • Chair

    To place in a chair.

  • Chair

    To carry publicly in a chair in triumph.

  • Chair

    To function as chairperson of (a meeting, committee, etc.); as, he chaired the meeting.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Couch (noun)

    an upholstered seat for more than one person

  • Couch (noun)

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

  • Couch (noun)

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

  • Couch (verb)

    formulate in a particular style or language;

    "I wouldn't put it that way"

    "She cast her request in very polite language"

  • Chair (noun)

    a seat for one person, with a support for the back;

    "he put his coat over the back of the chair and sat down"

  • Chair (noun)

    the position of professor;

    "he was awarded an endowed chair in economics"

  • Chair (noun)

    the officer who presides at the meetings of an organization;

    "address your remarks to the chairperson"

  • Chair (noun)

    an instrument of execution by electrocution; resembles a chair;

    "the murderer was sentenced to die in the chair"

  • Chair (verb)

    act or preside as chair, as of an academic department in a university;

    "She chaired the department for many years"

  • Chair (verb)

    preside over;

    "John moderated the discussion"

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