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  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Coach  \Coach\  (?;  224),  n.  [F.  coche,  fr  It  cocchio  dim.  of 
  cocca  little  boat,  fr  L.  concha  mussel,  mussel  shell,  Gr  ?, 
  akin  to  Skr.  [,c]ankha.  Cf  {Conch},  {Cockboat},  {Cockle}.] 
  1.  A  large  closed,  four-wheeled  carriage,  having  doors  in 
  the  sides,  and  generally  a  front  and  back  seat  inside, 
  each  for  two  persons,  and  an  elevated  outside  seat  in 
  front  for  the  driver. 
 
  Note:  Coaches  have  a  variety  of  forms,  and  differ  in  respect 
  to  the  number  of  persons  they  can  carry.  Mail  coaches 
  and  tallyho  coaches  often  have  three  or  more  seats 
  inside,  each  for  two  or  three  persons,  and  seats 
  outside,  sometimes  for  twelve  or  more 
 
  2.  A  special  tutor  who  assists  in  preparing  a  student  for 
  examination;  a  trainer;  esp.  one  who  trains  a  boat's  crew 
  for  a  race.  [Colloq.] 
 
  Wareham  was  studying  for  India  with  a  Wancester 
  coach.  --G.  Eliot. 
 
  3.  (Naut.)  A  cabin  on  the  after  part  of  the  quarter-deck, 
  usually  occupied  by  the  captain.  [Written  also  {couch}.] 
  [Obs.] 
 
  The  commanders  came  on  board  and  the  council  sat  in 
  the  coach.  --Pepys. 
 
  4.  (Railroad)  A  first-class  passenger  car  as  distinguished 
  from  a  drawing-room  car  sleeping  car  etc  It  is 
  sometimes  loosely  applied  to  any  passenger  car 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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}.] 
  1.  To  lay  upon  a  bed  or  other  resting  place 
 
  Where  unbruised  youth,  with  unstuffed  brain,  Does 
  couch  his  limbs,  there  golden  sleep  doth  reign. 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  arrange  or  dispose  as  in  a  bed;  --  sometimes  followed 
  by  the  reflexive  pronoun. 
 
  The  waters  couch  themselves  as  may  be  to  the  center 
  of  this  globe,  in  a  spherical  convexity.  --T. 
  Burnet. 
 
  3.  To  lay  or  deposit  in  a  bed  or  layer;  to  bed. 
 
  It  is  at  this  day  in  use  at  Gaza,  to  couch 
  potsherds,  or  vessels  of  earth,  in  their  walls. 
  --Bacon. 
 
  4.  (Paper  Making)  To  transfer  (as  sheets  of  partly  dried 
  pulp)  from  the  wire  cloth  mold  to  a  felt  blanket,  for 
  further  drying. 
 
  5.  To  conceal;  to  include  or  involve  darkly. 
 
  There  is  all  this  and  more  that  lies  naturally 
  couched  under  this  allegory.  --L'Estrange. 
 
  6.  To  arrange;  to  place  to  inlay.  [Obs.]  --Chaucer. 
 
  7.  To  put  into  some  form  of  language;  to  express;  to  phrase; 
  --  used  with  in  and  under 
 
  A  well-couched  invective.  --Milton. 
 
  I  had  received  a  letter  from  Flora  couched  in  rather 
  cool  terms.  --Blackw.  Mag. 
 
  8.  (Med.)  To  treat  by  pushing  down  or  displacing  the  opaque 
  lens  with  a  needle;  as  to  couch  a  cataract. 
 
  {To  couch  a}  {spear  or  lance},  to  lower  to  the  position  of 
  attack;  to  place  in  rest. 
 
  He  stooped  his  head,  and  couched  his  spear,  And 
  spurred  his  steed  to  full  career.  --Sir  W. 
  Scott. 
 
  {To  couch  malt},  to  spread  malt  on  a  floor.  --Mortimer. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Couch  \Couch\,  v.  i. 
  1.  To  lie  down  or  recline,  as  on  a  bed  or  other  place  of 
  rest;  to  repose;  to  lie. 
 
  Where  souls  do  couch  on  flowers,  we  'll  hand  in 
  hand.  --Shak. 
 
  If  I  court  moe  women,  you  'll  couch  with  moe  men. 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  lie  down  for  concealment;  to  hide;  to  be  concealed;  to 
  be  included  or  involved  darkly. 
 
  We  'll  couch  in  the  castle  ditch,  till  we  see  the 
  light  of  our  fairies.  --Shak. 
 
  The  half-hidden,  hallf-revealed  wonders,  that  yet 
  couch  beneath  the  words  of  the  Scripture.  --I. 
  Taylor. 
 
  3.  To  bend  the  body,  as  in  reverence,  pain,  labor,  etc.;  to 
  stoop;  to  crouch.  [Obs.] 
 
  An  aged  squire  That  seemed  to  couch  under  his  shield 
  three-square.  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Couch  \Couch\,  n.  [F.  couche,  OF  colche,  culche  fr  colchier 
  See  {Couch},  v.  t.  ] 
  1.  A  bed  or  place  for  repose  or  sleep;  particularly,  in  the 
  United  States,  a  lounge. 
 
  Gentle  sleep  .  .  .  why  liest  thou  with  the  vile  In 
  loathsome  beds,  and  leavest  the  kingly  couch? 
  --Shak. 
 
  Like  one  that  wraps  the  drapery  of  his  couch  About 
  him  and  lies  down  to  pleasant  dreams.  --Bryant. 
 
  2.  Any  place  for  repose,  as  the  lair  of  a  beast,  etc 
 
  3.  A  mass  of  steeped  barley  spread  upon  a  floor  to  germinate, 
  in  malting;  or  the  floor  occupied  by  the  barley;  as  couch 
  of  malt. 
 
  4.  (Painting  &  Gilding)  A  preliminary  layer,  as  of  color, 
  size,  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  couch 
  n  1:  an  upholstered  seat  for  more  than  one  person  [syn:  {sofa},  {lounge}] 
  2:  a  primer  of  paint  or  vanish  used  by  artists 
  3:  a  narrow  bed  on  which  a  patient  lies  during  psychiatric  or 
  psychoanalytic  treatment 
  v  :  formulate  in  a  particular  style  or  language;  "I  wouldn't  put 
  it  that  way";  "She  cast  her  request  in  very  polite 
  language"  [syn:  {frame},  {redact},  {cast},  {put}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Couch,  MO 
  Zip  code(s):  65690 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Couch 
  (Gen.  49:4;  1  Chr.  5:1;  Job  7:13;  Ps  6:6,  etc.),  a  seat  for 
  repose  or  rest.  (See  {BED}.) 
 




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