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couch / kouch/ • n. a long upholstered piece of furniture for several people to sit on. • v. [tr.] 1. (usu. be couched in) express (something) in language of a specified style: many false claims are couched in scientific jargon. 2. [intr.] poetic/lit. lie down: two creatures, couched side by side in the deep grass. ∎  [tr.] lay down; spread out: pieces of eel couched on a bed of steaming rice. 3. archaic lower (a spear) to the position for attack. 4. [usu. as n.] (couching) chiefly hist. treat (a cataract) by pushing the lens of the eye downward and backward, out of line with the pupil. 5. (in embroidery) fix (a thread) to a fabric by stitching it down flat with another thread: gold and silver threads couched by hand.

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couch XIV. — (O)F. couche, f. coucher (whence couch vb. lay down, lie down XIV) :- L. collocāre lay in its place, COLLOCATE.

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