[ kuhp-ler ]
See synonyms for coupler on
  1. a person or thing that couples or links together.

  2. Machinery. a rod or link transmitting force and motion between a rotating part and a rotating or oscillating part.

  1. Also called coupling. Railroads. a device for joining pieces of rolling stock.

  2. a device in an organ or harpsichord for connecting keys, manuals, or a manual and pedals, so that they are played together when one is played.

  3. Electricity. a device for transferring electrical energy from one circuit to another, as a transformer that joins parts of a radio apparatus together by induction.

  4. (in color photography) a chemical that reacts with the developer to produce one of the colors in a print or transparency.

Origin of coupler

First recorded in 1545–55; couple + -er1

Words Nearby coupler Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use coupler in a sentence

  • When playing upon a soft combination on the Great, the organist may draw the Swell to Great "pizzicato" coupler.

  • We might lend him a coupler hundred bones at ten per cent., secured by a mortgage on the Maggie, if he's up agin it hard.

    Captain Scraggs | Peter B. Kyne

British Dictionary definitions for coupler


/ (ˈkʌplə) /

  1. a link or rod transmitting power between two rotating mechanisms or a rotating part and a reciprocating part

  2. music a device on an organ or harpsichord connecting two keys, two manuals, etc, so that both may be played at once

  1. electronics a device, such as a transformer, used to couple two or more electrical circuits

  2. US and Canadian a device for connecting railway cars or trucks together: Also called (in eg Britain): coupling

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012