[kuhp-uh l] /ˈkʌp əl/
two of the same sort considered together; pair.
two persons considered as joined together, as a married or engaged pair, lovers, or dance partners:
They make a handsome couple.
any two persons considered together.
Mechanics. a pair of equal, parallel forces acting in opposite directions and tending to produce rotation.
Also called couple-close. Carpentry. a pair of rafters connected by a tie beam or collar beam.
a leash for holding two hounds together.
Fox Hunting. two hounds:
25 hounds or 12½ couple.
verb (used with object), coupled, coupling.
to fasten, link, or associate together in a pair or pairs.
to join; connect.
to unite in marriage or in sexual union.
verb (used without object), coupled, coupling.
to join in a pair; unite.
a couple of, more than two, but not many, of; a small number of; a few: It will take a couple of days for the package to get there.
A dinner party, whether for a couple of old friends or eight new acquaintances, takes nearly the same amount of effort.
Also, Informal, a couple.
being one of the partners in a permanent sexual relationship
two people who regularly associate with each other or live together: an engaged couple
(functioning as singular or pl) two people considered as a pair, for or as if for dancing, games, etc
a pair of equal and opposite parallel forces that have a tendency to produce rotation with a torque or turning moment equal to the product of either force and the perpendicular distance between them
a connector or link between two members, such as a tie connecting a pair of rafters in a roof
(functioning as singular or pl) a couple of
(usually preceded by a; functioning as singular or pl) two; a pair: give him a couple
(transitive) to connect (two things) together or to connect (one thing) to (another): to couple railway carriages
(transitive) to do (two things) simultaneously or alternately: he couples studying with teaching
to form or be formed into a pair or pairs
to associate, put, or connect together: history is coupled with sociology
to link (two circuits) by electromagnetic induction
(intransitive) to have sexual intercourse
to join or be joined in marriage; marry
(transitive) to attach (two hounds to each other)
late 13c., from Old French cople “married couple, lovers” (12c., Modern French couple), from Latin copula “tie, connection,” from PIE *ko-ap-, from *ko(m)- “together” + *ap- “to take, reach.” Meaning broadened mid-14c. to “any two things.”
c.1200, from Old French copler, from cople (see couple (n.)). Related: Coupled; coupling.
/ˈkʌpəldəm/ noun 1. the state of living as a couple, esp when regarded as being interested in each other to the exclusion of the outside world noun the state of being in a romantic or sexual relationship, the condition of being part of a couple Word Origin couple + -dom
- Coupled pulse
coupled pulse n. See bigeminal pulse.
- Coupled rhythm
coupled rhythm n. See bigeminal rhythm.
[kuhp-ler] /ˈkʌp lər/ noun 1. a person or thing that or links together. 2. Machinery. a rod or link transmitting force and motion between a rotating part and a rotating or oscillating part. 3. Also called coupling. Railroads. a device for joining pieces of rolling stock. 4. a device in an organ or harpsichord for […]