• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Couching Embroidering by laying the materials upon the surface of the foundation, instead of drawing them through.
    • Couching (Med) The operation of putting down or displacing the opaque lens in cataract.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Greyhounds are not hyper and do not need constant exercise; they are quite happy occupying space on a couch.
    • n couching The act of stooping or bowing.
    • n couching In surgery, an operation in cases of cataract, consisting in the removal of the opaque crystalline lens out of the axis of vision by means of a needle: now rarely practised.
    • n couching In malting, the spreading of malt to dry after steeping. See couch, transitive verb, 3.
    • n couching In paper-making, the removal of the flake of pulp from the mold on which it is formed to a felt.
    • n couching A kind of embroidery in which silk, gold thread, or the like is laid upon the surface of the foundation instead of being drawn through it. In plain couching the threads or cords are simply laid side by side, covering the whole width of the leaf, flower, or other figure, and fastened down by stitches of finer material. Raised couching is made by sewing twine or similar material to the ground, and then laying the embroidery-silk upon it, producing a pattern in relief. Basket couching is a raised couching in which the texture of basket-work is imitated. Diamond couching and diagonal couching are made by laying threads of floss-silk or chenille side by side, and holding them down by threads of different material, in stitches which form a diamond pattern or zigzags; the angles of this pattern are sometimes marked by a spangle or other glittering object. Shell couching is similar, the stitches that hold it taking the lines of scallop-shells. In spider couching and wheel couching the stitches form radiating lines resembling the spokes of a wheel or the radii of a cobweb.
    • n couching In agriculture, the operation of clearing land from couch-grass.
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  • Augustine J. Duganne
    Augustine J. Duganne
    “Pleasure's couch is virtue's grave.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “If the nineteenth century was the age of the editorial chair, ours is the century of the psychiatrist's couch.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    “We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “Where I am not understood, it shall be concluded that something very useful and profound is couched underneath.”
  • Augustine J. Duganne
    Augustine J. Duganne
    “Pleasure which must be enjoyed at the expense of another's pain, can never be enjoyed by a worthy mind. Pleasure's couch is virtues grave.”


Couch potato - A couch potato is an extremely idle or lazy person who chooses to spend most of their leisure time horizontal in front of the TV and eats a diet that is mainly junk food.


In literature:

Meanwhile Gunrig, having been conveyed to the residence of the king, was laid on a couch.
"The Hot Swamp" by R.M. Ballantyne
Even the flat, flat figure stretched out on the couch, up-stairs at home.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
Casey's division occupied an advance position, and Couch the second line.
"Three Years in the Sixth Corps" by George T. Stevens
He went to the acceleration couch and sat down.
"Breaking Point" by James E. Gunn
The men, from their couch upon the needles, watched him.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Robert Grell lay sprawled awkwardly on the couch, his face turned towards the wall, one leg trailing on the floor.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Under this window was a couch, with a pillow at the head of it.
"Rollo on the Atlantic" by Jacob Abbott
Ferns, deep and fragrant, made our couch.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
Polter reclined on a cushioned couch amidships.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
She went back to her couch and slept.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels

In poetry:

For if, so jealous rage decreed,
One reptile wounds the child;
Neela upon that couch must bleed,
They think she has defil'd.
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
Nor let the Pastor's thankful eye
Their faltering tale disdain,
As on their lowly couch they lie,
Prisoners of want and pain.
"Tuesday In Easter Week" by John Keble
My soul's bowed down with heavy cares,
My flesh with pain oppressed;
My couch is witness to my tears,
My tears forbid my rest.
"Psalm 6" by Isaac Watts
Methought, the very breath I breathed
Was full of sparks divine,
And all my heather-couch was wreathed
By that celestial shine!
"A Day Dream" by Emily Jane Bronte
I heard a voice both soft and sweet,
Whilst on my couch I lay reclined,
It called on me to rise and meet
The Saviour of Mankind.
"Christ In The Forest" by R S Ward
Beside that couch his brother's form
Lord Edmund seem'd to stand,
Such and so pale as when in death
He grasp'd his brother's hand;
"Lord William" by Robert Southey

In news:

I call it "eating-on-the-couch" season.
A Puppeteer's Journey 7:30 pm Thursday, 5:30 and 8 pm Saturday, 2 pm Sunday Oklahoma City Museum of Art 415 Couch 236-3100 $5-$8.
Nicole Richie, Kris Jenner Jump for Joy on Couch at QVC Offices.
Couch's Jewelers Inc. Keller Williams Realty.
Communities Find Solutions to Sports Field Shortages By Emily Attwood, May 2012 A dedicated push by communities across the country to get youths off the couch and out playing appears to be paying off.
Seated on the couch from left are granddaughters Doreanna, 8, and Heaven, 10, and grandson JayVon, 13.
Features Louis Fowler Shouting Secrets 7:30 pm Thursday Oklahoma City Museum of Art 415 Couch 236-3100 $5-$8.
He sits on the couch and motions to me.
Not that there's anything wrong with sleeping on the couch.
Downstairs, the dancer in the tight orange tank top and white pants, her naked navel in between, lay languidly on a couch.
0 Gas station owner Kent Couch, right, conferring with Iraqi adventurer Fareed Lafta before taking off from Bend, Ore.
Gas station owner Kent Couch, right, confers with Iraqi adventurer Fareed Lafta before taking off from Bend, Ore.
Couche-Tard leaps into oil business with Statoil purchase.
Check out five shows that will keep couch potatoes glued to their screens over the coming week.
One of cinema's all-time great suspensers, " Rear Window ," screens at 7:30 pm Tuesday at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch.

In science:

Observations of galaxy formation of blocks through merging process in the redshift range 2.6
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
Couch et al. (1998) presented a catalogue of faint southern galaxy clusters identified on high-contrast film derivatives of a set of Anglo-Australian Telescope photographic plates.
Near-infrared adaptive optics observations of galaxy clusters: Abell 262 at z=0.0157, J1836.3CR at z=0.414, and PKS 0743-006 at z=0.994
This result is most conveniently couched in terms of the mathematical theory of ma jorization , and will require a little notation for its statement.
Information Tradeoff Relations for Finite-Strength Quantum Measurements
Mainstream astrophysics is couched in Newtonian concepts, some of which have no well defined extension to general relativity.
Characteristic Evolution and Matching
Other studies (e.g., Couch et al. 1998, van Dokkum et al. 2001) have confirmed this trend, and extended it to z = 1.3.
Formation and Evolution of Galaxies in Clusters