verb (used with object), cou·pled, cou·pling.
- to join or associate by means of a coupler.
- to bring (two electric circuits or circuit components) close enough to permit an exchange of electromagnetic energy.
verb (used without object), cou·pled, cou·pling.
Words nearby couple
Idioms for couple
Origin of couple
OTHER WORDS FROM couplecou·ple·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·cou·ple, adjectivewell-cou·pled, adjective
usage note for couple
In referring to two people, couple, like many collective nouns, may take either a singular or a plural verb. Most commonly, it is construed as a plural: The couple were traveling to Texas. See also collective noun.
Examples from the Web for couple
We do see that a few European countries have them on the books: Germany, Poland, Italy, Ireland, a couple more.
A couple of people were treated for minor injuries but no major incidents occurred.Slow Motion Tiger Jump, a Tornado at the Rose Bowl and More Viral Videos|The Daily Beast Video|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I finally called Lee a couple of times and we talked but he was busy with guests at the house.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
There is one time, however, when couple dancing is in high demand, and that is around weddings.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The court papers are sealed, but the couple has made it clear they want to be relieved of their parental responsibilities.
Fenton led the way into the smoking-room, selected a couple of chairs in the further corner, then held out his cigar case.People of Position|Stanley Portal Hyatt
He burst into a paroxysm of self-applausive mirth over his joke, in which a couple of satellites near at hand joined.Little Miss Grouch|Samuel Hopkins Adams
This is continued for two or three days and nights until the corn has put forth sprouts a couple of inches long.Our Southern Highlanders|Horace Kephart
A little later I heard behind me the sound of a couple of horses coming along at a slow, swinging canter.Sheilah McLeod|Guy Boothby
My hands were almost numb, too, for I had been a couple of hours in the water.A Life For a Love|L. T. Meade
British Dictionary definitions for couple
- a pair of collars joined by a leash, used to attach hounds to one another
- two hounds joined in this way
- the unit of reckoning for hounds in a packtwenty and a half couple
- two dissimilar metals, alloys, or semiconductors in electrical contact, across which a voltage developsSee thermocouple
- Also called: galvanic couple two dissimilar metals or alloys in electrical contact that when immersed in an electrolyte act as the electrodes of an electrolytic cell
- a combination of two; a pair ofa couple of men
- informal a small number of; a fewa couple of days