[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. couch-grass,
  2. couch-surf,
  3. couchant,
  4. coucher,
  5. couchette,
  6. couché,
  7. coudé,
  8. coudé focus,
  9. coudé telescope,
  10. couette flow

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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