(Cous"in), n. Allied; akin. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Cous"in*age) n. [F. cousinage, OF., also, cosinage. Cf. Cosinage, Cozenage.] Relationship; kinship.
(Cous"in-ger"man) n. [Cousin + german closely akin.] A first cousin. See Note under
(Cous"in*hood) n. The state or condition of a cousin; also, the collective body of cousins; kinsfolk.
(Cous"in*ly), a. Like or becoming a cousin.
(Cous"in*ry) n. A body or collection of cousins; the whole number of persons who stand in the
relation of cousins to a given person or persons.
(Cous"in*ship), n. The relationship of cousins; state of being cousins; cousinhood. G. Eliot.
(Cous"si*net`) n. [F., dim. of coussin cushion. See Cushionet.] (Arch.) (a) A stone placed
on the impost of a pier for receiving the first stone of an arch. (b) That part of the Ionic capital between
the abacus and quarter round, which forms the volute. Gwilt.
(Cou*teau") n. [F.] A knife; a dagger.
(Couth) imp. & p. p. of Can. [See Can, and cf. Uncouth.] Could; was able; knew or known; understood.
Above all other one Daniel
He loveth, for he couth well
Divine, that none other couth;
To him were all
As he had it of God's grace.
(||Cou`vade") n. [F., fr. couver. See Covey.] A custom, among certain barbarous tribes,
that when a woman gives birth to a child her husband takes to his bed, as if ill.
The world-wide custom of the couvade, where at childbirth the husband undergoes medical treatment,
in many cases being put to bed for days.
(Co*va"ri*ant) n. (Higher Alg.) A function involving the coefficients and the variables of a
quantic, and such that when the quantic is lineally transformed the same function of the new variables
and coefficients shall be equal to the old function multiplied by a factor. An invariant is a like function
involving only the coefficients of the quantic.
(Cove) n. [AS. cofa room; akin to G. koben pigsty, orig., hut, Icel. kofi hut, and perh. to E. cobalt.]
1. A retired nook; especially, a small, sheltered inlet, creek, or bay; a recess in the shore.
Vessels which were in readiness for him within secret coves and nooks.
2. A strip of prairie extending into woodland; also, a recess in the side of a mountain. [U.S.]
3. (Arch.) (a) A concave molding. (b) A member, whose section is a concave curve, used especially
with regard to an inner roof or ceiling, as around a skylight.
(Cove), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coved (k?vd); p. pr. & vb. n. Coving.] (Arch.) To arch over; to
build in a hollow concave form; to make in the form of a cove.
The mosques and other buildings of the Arabians are rounded into domes and coved roofs.