a lounge across a pool

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HSS

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Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
“Well, I don't want to bother y'all,” she said. “I'm just going to lay over yonder with Karen and get some sun.” My wife was sitting on a lounge across the pool, watching our kids. Babs turned away to go over there.
('Everybody's All-American' by Frank Deford)
I can't seem to grasp this word here. Is this 'lounge' this chair?:
6. a sofa or couch, esp one with a headrest and no back (Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers)
How could you have a headrest and not a back?

And, how could a couch sprawl across a pool???
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    A traditional sofa/couch has an open front, a long back, and two sides. You can lie on one, but you don't normally, because one side gets in the way of your head (or feet). A lounge is for lying on: it has no back or sides, but does have an angled end for your head to rest on.

    I imagine 'across' must mean "on the other side of".
     

    HSS

    Senior Member
    Standard Japanese, Sendaian Japanese
    Oh, okay. When you say 'back,' you are seeing an upright back. I was thinking even if 'the back' was low at an angle, or level with the seat, you could still call it a back.

    And 'across' --- it's over yonder ... it's on the opposite side of the pool.

    Thanks!
     
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    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    It's an odd dictionary description to me. But clearly it was poolside furniture on the other side of the pool.
     
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