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Couple

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Couple \Cou"ple\ (k[u^]p"'l), noun [F. couple, fr. L. copula a bond, band; co- + apere, aptum, to join. See {Art}, adjective, and cf. {Copula}.]

1. That which joins or links two things together; a bond or tie; a coupler. [Obs.]

It is in some sort with friends as it is with dogs in couples; they should be of the same size and humor. --L'Estrange.

I'll go in couples with her. --Shak.

2. Two of the same kind connected or considered together; a pair; a brace. "A couple of shepherds." --Sir P. Sidney. "A couple of drops" --Addison. "A couple of miles." --Dickens. "A couple of weeks." --Carlyle.

Adding one to one we have the complex idea of a couple. --Locke.

[Ziba] met him with a couple of asses saddled. --2 Sam. xvi. 1.

3. A male and female associated together; esp., a man and woman who are married or betrothed.

Such were our couple, man and wife. --Lloyd.

Fair couple linked in happy, nuptial league. --Milton.

4. (Arch.) See {Couple-close}.

5. (Elec.) One of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery; -- called a {voltaic couple} or {galvanic couple}.

6. (Mech.) Two rotations, movements, etc., which are equal in amount but opposite in direction, and acting along parallel lines or around parallel axes.

Note: The effect of a couple of forces is to produce a rotation. A couple of rotations is equivalent to a motion of translation.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Couple \Cou"ple\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Coupled} (k[u^]p"'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Coupling} (k[u^]p"l[i^]ng).] [F. coupler, fr. L. copulare. See {Couple}, noun, and cf. {Copulate}, {Cobble}, v.]

1. To link or tie, as one thing to another; to connect or fasten together; to join.

Huntsman, I charge thee, tender well my hounds, . . . And couple Clowder with the deep-mouthed brach. --Shak.

2. To join in wedlock; to marry. [Colloq.]

A parson who couples all our beggars. --Swift.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Couple \Cou"ple\, verb (used without an object) To come together as male and female; to copulate. [Obs.] --Milton. Bacon.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

couple

noun

1: a pair who associate with one another; "the engaged couple"; "an inseparable twosome" [syn: {couple}, {twosome}, {duo}, {duet}]

2: a pair of people who live together; "a married couple from Chicago" [syn: {couple}, {mates}, {match}]

3: a small indefinite number; "he's coming for a couple of days"

4: two items of the same kind [syn: {couple}, {pair}, {twosome}, {twain}, {brace}, {span}, {yoke}, {couplet}, {distich}, {duo}, {duet}, {dyad}, {duad}]

5: (physics) something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines

verb

1: bring two objects, ideas, or people together; "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project" [syn: {match}, {mate}, {couple}, {pair}, {twin}]

2: link together; "can we couple these proposals?" [syn: {couple}, {couple on}, {couple up}] [ant: {decouple}, {uncouple}]

3: form a pair or pairs; "The two old friends paired off" [syn: {pair}, {pair off}, {partner off}, {couple}]

4: engage in sexual intercourse; "Birds mate in the Spring" [syn: {copulate}, {mate}, {pair}, {couple}]

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