sofa

Definitions

  • Sofa and Arm-Chair
    Sofa and Arm-Chair
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n sofa an upholstered seat for more than one person
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Jo laid herself on the sofa and affected to read Jo laid herself on the sofa and affected to read
Beth was soon able to lie on the study sofa all day Beth was soon able to lie on the study sofa all day

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sofa 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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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sofa A long seat or settee with a stuffed bottom and raised stuffed back and ends; a bench or settee upholstered with permanent cushions. See cut under settee.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sofa sō′fa a long seat with stuffed bottom, back and arms—formerly Sō′pha
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Quotations

  • Shirley Conran
    Shirley Conran
    “I make no secret of the fact that I would rather lie on a sofa than sweep beneath it. But you have to be efficient if you're going to be lazy.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ar. soffah, from saffa, to dispose in order: cf. F. sofa, It. sofà,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—Ar. suffahsaffa, to arrange.

Usage

In literature:

Then Elinor put a long, soft sofa at the foot of the bed, and Arethusa's room was ready for her coming.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
I read the letter and fell back on the sofa, gasping for breath.
"Valerie" by Frederick Marryat
She turned away and seated herself on the sofa, where she sat with her eyes fixed on the ground.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
Nancy's knees shook under her, and she sank on the sofa by Goddard, trembling in every limb.
"The Lost Despatch" by Natalie Sumner Lincoln
That sofa looks delightfully comfortable, Mrs Grey.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
She whisked across the room, and took her seat on the sofa.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
At last the drunken mistress drank her stomach away, and began to die on the sofa.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
I want to hide under the sofa, and scream.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
But illness came, and the Countess was confined to her sofa by paralysis.
"The Son of Monte Christo" by Jules Lermina
There was neither sofa nor writing-table.
"Vixen, Volume III." by M. E. Braddon
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In poetry:

Is he tall or short, or dark or fair?
Does he sit on a stool or a sofa or a chair,
or SQUAT,
The Akond of Swat?
"The Akond of Swat" by Edward Lear
Yawning at home on the sofa,
She lies in front of the blaze—
The golden hair is falling
About her golden face.
"From The Window" by Heinrich Heine
We will let the curtains fall
Between us and the storm;
Wheel the sofa up to the hearth,
Where the fire is glowing warm.
"Home" by Marietta Holley
She dodged behind the sofa,
She tore down a curtain rod,
But Victor came slowly after her:
Said; 'Prepare to meet thy God.'
"Victor" by W H Auden
Ov sofas aw think hauf a scoor,
An picturs enuff for a show?
They fill'd ivvery corner aw'm sure,
Throo th' garret to th' kitchen below.
"To Let" by John Hartley
Er schwingt als Pfund aus seinem Stein
die eigne Braut im eignen Sack.
Der eigne Leib im eignen Kreis
fällt nackt als Sofa aus dem Frack.
"Opus Null" by Jean Hans Arp

In news:

As Kovach watched from his comfortable home in Columbus, Ohio, something about the story moved him so much that he got up off his sofa and sent an e-mail that would change his life -- and the boy's future.
Take This Sofa, Please, in Sueded Chino .
An electical cord tucked in a sofa is being blamed for a house fire in Iowa that claimed the lives of three children and an adult.
Hilda Longinotti on the Marshmallow sofa.
A solitary man in a slick suit enters the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofí­a in Madrid.
Marianne was born June 3, 1937 in Duquesne, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Francis and Mary (Kiska) Sofa.
During a brief visit to Capri for a film festival, she sampled all the local flavor the Italian isle had offer, starting with a handsome waiter, with whom she enjoyed a meal and a close encounter on a hotel sofa, the Daily Mail reports.
We are huge fans of sod couches here at ReadyMade, and these giganitc sofas from National Trust in the UK definitely caught our eye.
Statement sofas needn't be staid models of straight lines and solid colors.
Decorator Phoebe Howard shares her simple five-pillow approach to creating a well-composed sofa .
How To Arrange Sofa Pillows.
Three styles of formal white sofas in three price ranges.
Custom sofas for the masses.
Light blue sofa with brown wood trim…please call 641-318-1303.
With sturdy materials and hand-finished details, a well-crafted sofa -- such as this one by Luther Quintana Upholstery -- can last 20 years, or longer with reupholstering.
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In science:

When the location sensor detects that Mr. Lee moves to Sofa position, the smart home simulator supposes Mr.
Development of a Context Aware Virtual Smart Home Simulator
Lee uses the sofa and the TV has been set to be turned on and switched to his favorite channel as shown in Fig. 4b.
Development of a Context Aware Virtual Smart Home Simulator
IV Concept Learning. For each of the 10 visual concepts, i.e. aeroplane, bird, bottle, car, chair, diningtable, horse, person, sofa and tvmonitor, a HIK-SVM classifier is learned with the “train set”.
Visual Concept Detection and Real Time Object Detection
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