Couch v. t. [imp. & p. p. Couched p. pr. & vb. n. Couching.]
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.]
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 To couch a 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.
Couched a. Her. Same as Couch░.