- to release the coupling or link between; disconnect; let go: to uncouple railroad cars.
- to end (a romantic relationship or marriage): Their marriage was uncoupled by financial problems.
- to become unfastened; let go: The glider uncoupled from the tow plane.
- to end a romantic relationship or marriage: My sister and her boyfriend have uncoupled after ten years together.
- (of a romantic relationship or marriage) to end.
Origin of uncouple
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Examples from the Web for uncouple
There was no need for the firemen to uncouple a line of hose from the reel.From Place to Place</p>
Irvin S. Cobb
Tell Pedro the moment he hears the bell ring to uncouple the rear car.Jack North's Treasure Hunt
It will then uncouple, discharge one hopper, and go back on Mass-Time.The Lost Kafoozalum
I've got to get to the rear now, to uncouple a car we have to leave here.All He Knew
Andrews told his engineer to uncouple the baggage car from the box car, and then wait for him.Stories Of Georgia
Joel Chandler Harris
- to disconnect or unfasten or become disconnected or unfastened
- (tr) to set loose; release
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Word Origin and History for uncouple
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