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.
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.
Related Words for coupledconnect, copulate, wed, marry, conjoin, unite, hitch, coalesce, harness, link, clasp, conjugate, pair, yoke, cohabit, buckle, match, bracket
Examples from the Web for coupled
Contemporary Examples of coupled
Wartime shortages, coupled with imperfections, limited the production of British currency.On the Trail of Nazi Counterfeiters
Dr. Kevin C. Ruffner
September 20, 2014
Some members are alone, some coupled, and lots of families, with kids in tow.Even After Hobby Lobby, the Religious Right is Still Terrified
July 6, 2014
That, coupled with him wanting it to be a coming-of-age movie, felt fresh to me.
Particularly when they are not coupled with other policy tools, one cannot expect sanctions to deliver quickly.Why Aren’t Sanctions Stopping Putin?
Meghan L. O’Sullivan
May 13, 2014
These skills, coupled with the craftsmanship learned in art school, have all helped his most recent endeavors.Artist Jason deCaires Taylor’s Underwater Sculptures Are a Sight to Sea
April 7, 2014
Historical Examples of coupled
I shall see that your name is coupled with the Bacillus as that of its discoverer.The Bacillus of Beauty
As Crane went down the stairs he wondered why he had coupled himself with Cass.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
If the words may be coupled, I watched him with an enraged admiration.In the Valley
Nevertheless, coupled with the gratification was a slight feeling of uneasiness.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
It proves to me, when coupled with your presence there, that you were in the fight the night before.Love-at-Arms
- 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.