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  1. the act of a person or thing that couches.
  2. 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.
  3. work so made.
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Origin of couching

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at couch, -ing1
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Examples from the Web for couchings

Historical Examples of couchings

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

    Handbook of Embroidery

    L. Higgin

  • The lines of attachment are adroitly concealed by couchings of fine cord or gimp.

British Dictionary definitions for couchings


    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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