To couch a spear
Couch Couch (kouch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Couched} (koucht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Couching}.] [F. coucher to lay down, lie down, OF. colchier, fr. L. collocare to lay, put, place; col- + locare to place, fr. locus place. See {Locus}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To lay upon a bed or other resting place. [1913 Webster]

Where unbruised youth, with unstuffed brain, Does couch his limbs, there golden sleep doth reign. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To arrange or dispose as in a bed; -- sometimes followed by the reflexive pronoun. [1913 Webster]

The waters couch themselves as may be to the center of this globe, in a spherical convexity. --T. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

3. To lay or deposit in a bed or layer; to bed. [1913 Webster]

It is at this day in use at Gaza, to couch potsherds, or vessels of earth, in their walls. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

4. (Paper Making) To transfer (as sheets of partly dried pulp) from the wire cloth mold to a felt blanket, for further drying. [1913 Webster]

5. To conceal; to include or involve darkly. [1913 Webster]

There is all this, and more, that lies naturally couched under this allegory. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

6. To arrange; to place; to inlay. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

7. To put into some form of language; to express; to phrase; -- used with in and under. [1913 Webster]

A well-couched invective. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

I had received a letter from Flora couched in rather cool terms. --Blackw. Mag. [1913 Webster]

8. (Med.) To treat by pushing down or displacing the opaque lens with a needle; as, to couch a cataract. [1913 Webster]

{To couch a spear} or {To couch a lance}, to lower to the position of attack; to place in rest. [1913 Webster]

He stooped his head, and couched his spear, And spurred his steed to full career. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

{To couch malt}, to spread malt on a floor. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster]


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  • To couch a lance — Couch Couch (kouch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Couched} (koucht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Couching}.] [F. coucher to lay down, lie down, OF. colchier, fr. L. collocare to lay, put, place; col + locare to place, fr. locus place. See {Locus}.] [1913 Webster] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • couch a spear — To fix it in its rest at the side of the armour • • • Main Entry: ↑couch …   Useful english dictionary

  • To couch malt — Couch Couch (kouch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Couched} (koucht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Couching}.] [F. coucher to lay down, lie down, OF. colchier, fr. L. collocare to lay, put, place; col + locare to place, fr. locus place. See {Locus}.] [1913 Webster] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Couch — (kouch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Couched} (koucht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Couching}.] [F. coucher to lay down, lie down, OF. colchier, fr. L. collocare to lay, put, place; col + locare to place, fr. locus place. See {Locus}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To lay… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • couch — [kouch] n. [ME & OFr couche, a bed, lair: see COUCH the vt.] 1. an article of furniture on which one may sit or lie down; sofa; divan 2. any resting place 3. Old Poet. a place for sleeping; bed 4. Obs. an animal s lair or den 5. Brewi …   English World dictionary

  • couch — /kowch/ or, for 6, 15, /koohch/, n. 1. a piece of furniture for seating from two to four people, typically in the form of a bench with a back, sometimes having an armrest at one or each end, and partly or wholly upholstered and often fitted with… …   Universalium

  • couch — I. /kaʊtʃ / (say kowch) noun 1. a piece of furniture, for seating two to four people, with a back and sometimes armrests; lounge. 2. a similar piece of upholstered furniture, without a back but with a headrest, as used by doctors for their… …   Australian English dictionary

  • couch — [[t]kaʊtʃ[/t]] n. 1) fur a piece of upholstered furniture for seating usu. two to four people, typically having a back and an armrest at one or both ends 2) fur a long upholstered seat with a headrest at one end, on which a person reclines;… …   From formal English to slang

  • couch — 1. n. & v. n. 1 an upholstered piece of furniture for several people; a sofa. 2 a long padded seat with a headrest at one end, esp. one on which a psychiatrist s or doctor s patient reclines during examination. v. 1 tr. (foll. by in) express in… …   Useful english dictionary

  • couch — couch1 [kaʊtʃ] noun a long upholstered piece of furniture for several people to sit on. ↘a reclining seat with a headrest at one end on which a psychoanalyst s subject or doctor s patient lies while undergoing treatment. verb 1》 (usu. be couched… …   English new terms dictionary

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