Couching
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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  • Couching — Couch ing, n. 1. (Med.) The operation of putting down or displacing the opaque lens in cataract. [1913 Webster] 2. Embroidering by laying the materials upon the surface of the foundation, instead of drawing them through. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Couching — For the surgical technique, see Couching (ophthalmology). Detail of the Bayeux Tapestry showing fillings in laid work. In embroidery, couching and laid work are techniques in which yarn or other materials are laid across the surface of the ground …   Wikipedia

  • couching — /kow ching/, n. 1. the act of a person or thing that couches. 2. a method of embroidering in which a thread, often heavy, laid upon the surface of the material, is caught down at intervals by stitches taken with another thread through the… …   Universalium

  • couching — n. an operation for cataract in which the lens is pushed out of the pupil downwards and backwards into the jelly like vitreous humour by a small knife inserted through the edge of the cornea. It was widely employed in ancient Hindu civilizations… …   Medical dictionary

  • couching — kaÊŠtʃ n. long upholstered seat; bed, place for resting; animal s lair; board on which paper pulp is dried (Papermaking) v. recline; lower; ambush; express, put into words; transfer to a couch (Papermaking) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • couching — n. an operation for cataract in which the lens is pushed out of the pupil downwards and backwards into the jelly like vitreous humour by a small knife inserted through the edge of the cornea. It was widely employed in ancient Hindu civilizations… …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • couching — /ˈkaʊtʃɪŋ/ (say kowching) noun 1. the act of someone or something that couches. 2. a method of embroidering in which a thread, often heavy, laid upon the surface of the material, is caught down at intervals by stitches taken with another thread… …   Australian English dictionary

  • couching — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Couching (ophthalmology) — For the embroidery technique, see Couching. Couching is the earliest documented form of cataract surgery. As a cataract is a clouding in the lens of the eye, couching is a technique of dislodging the lens, thus removing the opacity. Although… …   Wikipedia

  • Удаление Катаракты (Couching) — хирургическая операция, во время которой пораженный катарактой хрусталик перемещается вниз и назад от зрачка к стекловидному телу с помощью небольшого скальпеля, вводимого через край роговицы. Данная операция широко применялась в древних… …   Медицинские термины

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