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.
- couperin, françois,
- coupled pulse,
- coupled rhythm,
Origin of 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
- 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 coupletwo 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
- informala small number of; a fewa couple of days
Word Origin for couple
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.