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.
to fasten, link, or associate together in a pair or pairs.
to join; connect.
to unite in marriage or in sexual union.
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.
to join in a pair; unite.
Idioms about couple
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.
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.
- cou·ple·a·ble, adjective
- in·ter·cou·ple, adjective
- well-coupled, adjective
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How to use couple in a sentence
I’ve never met Andrew Doughty, but for the past couple of decades have considered his deeply researched Revealed guides about as necessary as sunscreen or swim shorts for a Hawaii trip.
Even if we’re up a couple goals in the third, the easiest way to defend is probably attacking and keep the puck and possession.For first time in three weeks, Capitals could be at full strength Sunday | Samantha Pell | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
A few weeks later, Willie messaged to let me know they were officially a couple.Date Lab: One of our setups is still going strong two years later. We caught up with Willie and Renee for an update. | Marin Cogan | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
I’ve done this in the past, and it hasn’t worked out, though I do believe that if the issues that a couple disagrees on are not pivotal to the point of negatively affecting others in any way, shape, or form, then it can be discussed.
I’ve made a couple of dates where we were going to go out and meet at a place, but they were canceled because of a massive spike in cases in Monroe County.
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 | THE 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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
The court papers are sealed, but the couple has made it clear they want to be relieved of their parental responsibilities.
He thus decoyed them away, and the fortunate couple were enabled to reach the British lines under cover of the darkness.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
They had the advantage in position and numbers, but Guitar had the advantage in having a couple of pieces of artillery.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
It consisted in a couple of snakes in old gold clenching an enormous topaz between their heads.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
Martini prepared a couple of stout mules, and concealed them amongst the thickets on the opposite side of the fosse.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
This takes at first the crude device of a couple of vertical lines attached to the head (see Fig. 4).Children's Ways | James Sully
British Dictionary definitions for couple
two people who regularly associate with each other or live together: an engaged couple
(functioning as singular or plural) two people considered as a pair, for or as if for dancing, games, etc
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 pack: twenty and a half couple
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
two dissimilar metals, alloys, or semiconductors in electrical contact, across which a voltage develops: See 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 connector or link between two members, such as a tie connecting a pair of rafters in a roof
a couple of (functioning as singular or plural)
a combination of two; a pair of: a couple of men
informal a small number of; a few: a couple of days
(usually preceded by a; functioning as singular or plural) two; a pair: give him a couple
(tr) to connect (two things) together or to connect (one thing) to (another): to couple railway carriages
(tr) 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
(intr) to have sexual intercourse
to join or be joined in marriage; marry
(tr) to attach (two hounds to each other)
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