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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
sofa
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
chair/bed/sofa etc
▪ Is that chair comfortable?
sofa bed
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
comfortable
▪ He shuffled over towards the corner and collapsed on to a comfortable sofa.
▪ A television set is in the center of comfortable chairs and sofas.
▪ They put Catherine on a comfortable sofa, cleaned her wound and fed her with cakes and wine.
▪ It was more comfortable than the sofa upstairs.
▪ They were in a rest area, with comfortable chairs and sofas arranged round coffee tables.
▪ There were the battered lockers, the comfortable chairs and sofas that lacked some of their stuffing.
▪ The comfortable chairs and sofa are covered in a shiny white chintz with purple thistle motifs.
▪ Dexter tapped his fingers on the tubular arms of his chair, thinking how much more comfortable his sofa was at home.
convertible
▪ Accommodation 90 apartments with one bedroom plus lounge with two convertible sofas, cooking facilities, bathroom and terrace.
▪ The rooms are equipped with bathrooms and convertible sofas for parents who want to stay with their children.
▪ A one-bedroomed apartment for 3 with convertible sofa in the lounge.
▪ Drago Accommodation 261 rooms with bath/shower, terrace, kitchenette and lounge with convertible sofa.
▪ Tenbel Saver Accommodation Rooms allocated will have bath/shower, kitchenette and lounge with convertible sofa.
▪ One-bedroomed apartments for three with convertible sofa in the lounge plus an extra bed for a child under 11 available.
■ NOUN
bed
▪ Half board prices are based on twin rooms which can take two extra sofa beds.
▪ People who live near a corner where another so-and-so has abandoned a grotty sofa bed.
▪ The apartments themselves sleep 2-4 people in one twin-bedded room and a lounge-diner with sofa beds.
▪ Accommodation 294 one-bedroomed apartments with bath/shower, kitchenette, terrace and lounge with two sofa beds.
▪ She helped him to his sofa bed in the living room, and he still did not wake up.
▪ The third or fourth bed may be a sofa bed in some cases.
▪ The company also has a selection of folding beds, sofa beds, bunks, traditional and continental headboards and pillows.
cushion
▪ Flinging himself on the carpet, he buried his head wretchedly in the sofa cushions.
leather
▪ The only soft, welcoming touch is a black leather sofa.
▪ Half way through our second drink he attacked like a hawk, the cavernous leather sofa almost swallowing me.
▪ He returned and sat on his cold, leather sofa flicking channels.
▪ It featured a contemporary black leather sofa, state-of-the-art entertainment center and a gigantic pool table.
▪ Camel-backed 7-foot red leather sofa, $ 1, 095.
■ VERB
lie
▪ Miguel picked up his guitar from where it was lying on the sofa so that she could sit down.
▪ Instead, I took my shoe off and lay down on the sofa.
▪ We found Linton alone, lying on a sofa.
▪ We went back into the living room and I lay down on the sofa.
▪ I lay down on the sofa and yawned.
▪ Peter was lying on the sofa in the room behind.
▪ Mama lay down on the sofa in the living room.
look
▪ She shook her head free of his grip, and sat further away on the sofa, looking at him with detachment.
▪ Baudelaire curled up on the chintz sofa and looked doleful.
▪ She hadn't moved from the sofa and didn't look up when he pushed open the door.
▪ Night after night I sat on the sofa looking out to sea, the way Francis had.
sink
▪ And it's also very comfortable so you can sink into the sofa and watch television.
▪ He is a miserable drunk, sunk into the dressing-room sofa.
▪ She sank down on to the sofa, breathing deeply to steady herself.
▪ Feeling as though she had been punched in the stomach, she staggered into the drawing-room and sank on to the sofa.
sit
▪ If they sat on a sofa, they sat close together; often they shared an armchair.
▪ Ernie sat down on the sofa.
▪ Occasionally too she would simply sit crouched on the sofa and weep silently, her hands pressed to her cheeks.
▪ Claude and Ruth were talking quietly with Pat, who sat cross-legged on the sofa.
▪ He sat down on a sofa which he realised was slightly longer than his cubicle in the lodging house.
▪ I sat on the sofa in the dark and ate the roll, feeling bizarrely that I was a thief.
▪ She noticed Kattina sat on the low sofa beside her, and sat unnecessarily close.
▪ I sat on a leather-covered sofa that had rents in it.
sitting
▪ There I found a respectable-looking woman of middle age sitting on a sofa, sniffing tobacco.
▪ The white-haired man, bright-eyed, veined, ancient, was sitting on a sofa, drink in hand.
▪ The two other boys were sitting neatly on a sofa in the distance but they failed to acknowledge them.
▪ When I knocked at the new door and got no response, I opened it and saw Minna sitting on the sofa.
▪ He was sitting on a sofa outside the lecture-room, smoking a cigarette.
▪ She really thought she was sitting on the sofa in her living room.
▪ Mrs Wilson was sitting on the sofa, smiling foolishly at him.
▪ He was already inside, back in the living room, probably, sitting on the sofa.
sleep
▪ It's so loud some nights I've got to go downstairs and sleep on the sofa.
▪ Ruth slept on a sofa downstairs.
▪ When she stayed in the Berry chalet she slept on the living-room sofa.
▪ He slept well on the sofa.
▪ I slept on the sofa in the front room.
▪ Said could he sleep on the sofa a couple've nights.
▪ He was to sleep on the sofa.
▪ She decided to sleep on the sofa so as not to miss anything.
slump
▪ Louis and Madeleine were slumped on the sofa by the fireplace.
▪ He was slumped on the sofa, staring straight ahead.
watch
▪ And it's also very comfortable so you can sink into the sofa and watch television.
▪ The shift finishes at 2.30am, just as Britain is washing up or settling down on the sofa to watch the telly.
▪ She went into the living room and flopped on to the sofa to watch television.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He looked very big filling up that little sofa.
▪ If they sat on a sofa, they sat close together; often they shared an armchair.
▪ Instead, I took my shoe off and lay down on the sofa.
▪ On the table in front of the sofa was a vase holding four pink roses, the blooms in various stages of uncurled perfection.
▪ She retreated back downstairs, and climbed on to the mildewed sofa, hugging her knees up to her chin.
▪ Then Stan rises from the sofa and goes outside for a cigarette.
▪ Whitlock smiled at her then looked beyond her at the couple on the sofa.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Sofa

Sofa \So"fa\, n.; pl. Sofas. [Ar. soffah, from saffa to dispose in order: cf. F. sofa, It. sof[`a].] A long seat, usually with a cushioned bottom, back, and ends; -- much used as a comfortable piece of furniture.

Let fall the curtains, wheel the sofa round.
--Cowper.

Sofa bed, a sofa so contrived that it may be extended to form a bed; -- called also sofa bedstead.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
sofa

1620s, "raised section of a floor, covered with carpets and cushions," from Turkish sofa, from Arabic suffah "bench of stone or wood; a couch." Meaning "long stuffed seat for reclining" is recorded from 1717.

Wiktionary
sofa

n. An upholstered seat, typically having sides and back, long enough to accommodate two or more people.

WordNet
sofa

n. an upholstered seat for more than one person [syn: couch, lounge]

Wikipedia
Sofa

Sofa or SOFA may refer to:

  • a piece of furniture also called a couch
  • Sofa (warrior) slave-soldiers in the Mali Empire and its successor states
  • SOFA (astronomy), an astronomical software library
  • SOFA (component system), an open source framework for designing and implementing component-based applications
  • SOFA score, used to track a patient's status during the stay in an intensive care unit
  • Simulation Open Framework Architecture, an Open Source framework primarily targeted at real-time physical simulation
  • Solidarity with Haitian Women, also known as Solidarite Fanm Ayisyen, a Haitian organization working to help women and girls.
  • Status of forces agreement, an agreement between a country and a foreign nation stationing military forces in that country.
  • Statement of Financial Affairs, a form attached to a debtor's petition for bankruptcy in the United States
Sofa (warrior)

Sofa is a Mandinka term for slave soldiers who served in the army of the Mali Empire. Sofas would also fight, in varying capacities, in the armies of later Mandé states such as the Bamana and Wassoulou empires.

SOFA (astronomy)

The SOFA (Standards of Fundamental Astronomy) software libraries are a collection of subroutines that implement official International Astronomical Union algorithms for astronomical computations.

As of February 2009 they are available in both Fortran and C source code format.

Sofa (Canadian band)

Sofa was a Montreal-based band that was active from 1993 to 1997. The group is best remembered for being the first group to release material on post-rock record label Constellation Records; bandmember Ian Ilavsky (later a member of Re: and Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band) was a co-founder of the label.

SOFA (component system)

SOFA 2 is a component system developed by Distributed Systems Research Group at Charles University in Prague. It provides many advanced features: ADL-based design, behavior specification and verification based on behavior protocols, software connectors supporting different communication styles and providing transparent distribution of applications. SOFA 2 can be used not only for modeling component based applications but also as a complete framework supporting all the stages of an application lifecycle from development to execution.

Sofa (Frank Zappa song)

"Sofa" is a composition by American musician, Frank Zappa. In 1993, the year of Zappa's death, Steve Vai covered "Sofa" for Zappa's tribute album Zappa's Universe. The cover won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance in 1994. This was Vai's first of three Grammies.

Usage examples of "sofa".

Dottie stood up from her hiding place behind an overturned sofa across the room, and made her way across the smashed lights and broken video equipment to his side, absently reloading from her bandoleer.

The marchioness sat down on her sofa, and making me to do the like she asked me if I was acquainted with the talismans of the Count de Treves?

After we had supped with the actress, Patu fancied a night devoted to a more agreeable occupation, and as I did not want to leave him I asked for a sofa on which I could sleep quietly during the night.

They had sat on the sofa in front of the fire, talking quietly of many things while he sipped an after-dinner brandy, his favorite.

I then began to caress her, and to make assaults in the style of an amorous man, but it was all in vain, though I succeeded in stretching her on a large sofa.

Betsy perched on the arm of a sofa whose squashy cushions engulfed the anorectic ally thin journalist.

He is still alive, and somewhere wearily goes up and down the stairs of strange houses, stares somewhere at clean-scoured parquet floors and carefully tended araucarias, sits for days in libraries and nights in taverns, or lying on a hired sofa, listens to the world beneath his window and the hum of human life from which he knows that he is excluded.

I q CHAPTER 9 With a touching awkwardness, Tucker maneuvered around the coffee table and stopped near the center of the long sofa, then stood helpless for a moment, trying to figure out how to sit down without bending his knee.

Mama and Babushka brought the canned goods, the cereals and the grains, soap and salt and vodka into the rooms, stacking it all in the corners and in the hallway behind the sofa.

At length she ushered me into a living room cozily furnished in the manner of a bachelorette apartment and insisted I take a seat on the sofa, then went through a door into the next room, reappearing seconds later carrying a tray on which were glasses and a bottle of red wine.

Out of breath, I threw myself on a sofa, pretending to go to sleep, and the moment I began to snore everybody respected the slumbers of Pierrot.

He walked backward and forward in his room, and from time to time stood before the sofa upon which his graceful greyhound, Biche, was quietly resting.

Every minute the king passed her sofa, Biche raised her beautiful head and greeted her royal friend with an intelligent and friendly glance and a gentle wagging of her tail, and this salutation was returned each time by Frederick before he passed on.

At this moment, the Signora Biche began to bay light notes of welcome, and raised herself up from her comfortable position on the sofa.

On their return, he bade her lie down on the sofa in her boudoir and rest, averring that she looked languid and unlike herself.