[ kou-ching ]
/ ˈkaʊ tʃɪŋ /


the act of a person or thing that couches.
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 material.
work so made.

Origin of couching

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at couch, -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for couchings

  • The inlaid part is sewn down with thread, and covered with cord or couchings of floss silk.

British Dictionary definitions for couchings


/ (ˈkaʊtʃɪŋ) /


  1. a method of embroidery in which the thread is caught down at intervals by another thread passed through the material from beneath
  2. a pattern or work done by this method

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