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Couch vs. Sofa

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Couchnoun

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

Sofanoun

A raised area of a building's floor, usually covered with carpeting, used for sitting.

Couchnoun

A bed, a resting-place.

Sofanoun

(furniture) A upholstered seat with a raised back and one or two raised ends, long enough to comfortably accommodate two or more people.

Couchnoun

A preliminary layer, as of colour or size.

Sofanoun

A long seat, usually with a cushioned bottom, back, and ends; - much used as a comfortable piece of furniture.

‘Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round.’;

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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’;

Sofanoun

an upholstered seat for more than one person

Couchnoun

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

Couchverb

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

Couchverb

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

Couchverb

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

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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.

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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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