[kuhp-ling] /ˈkʌp lɪŋ/
the act of a person or thing that couples.
Railroads. (def 3).
a short length of plumbing pipe having each end threaded on the inside.
the part of the body between the tops of the shoulder blades and the tops of the hip joints in a dog, horse, etc.
[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.
a mechanical device that connects two things
a device for connecting railway cars or trucks together
the part of the body of a horse, dog, or other quadruped that lies between the forequarters and the hindquarters
(electronics) the act or process of linking two or more circuits so that power can be transferred between them usually by mutual induction, as in a transformer, or by means of a capacitor or inductor common to both circuits See also direct coupling
(physics) an interaction between different properties of a system, such as a group of atoms or nuclei, or between two or more systems
(genetics) the occurrence of two specified nonallelic genes from the same parent on the same chromosome
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.
coupling cou·pling n.
The degree to which components depend on one another. There are two types of coupling, “tight” and “loose”. Loose coupling is desirable for good software engineering but tight coupling may be necessary for maximum performance. Coupling is increased when the data exchanged between components becomes larger or more complex.
noun, Electronics. 1. . noun, Electronics. 1. a capacitor used for stopping the passage of direct current from one circuit to another while allowing alternating current to pass.
[koo-pon, kyoo-] /ˈku pɒn, ˈkyu-/ noun 1. a portion of a certificate, ticket, label, advertisement, or the like, set off from the main body by dotted lines or the like to emphasize its separability, entitling the holder to something, as a gift or discount, or for use as an order blank, a contest entry form, […]
noun 1. a bond, usually a bearer bond, that pays interest by means of coupons with specific cash values.
noun 1. a well-to-do person much of whose income is derived from clipping and cashing coupons from coupon bonds. noun any person who derives income from or buys products based on coupons