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coupler

[ kuhp-ler ]
/ ˈkʌp lər /
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noun

a person or thing that couples or links together.
Machinery. a rod or link transmitting force and motion between a rotating part and a rotating or oscillating part.
Also called coupling. Railroads. a device for joining pieces of rolling stock.
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.
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.
(in color photography) a chemical that reacts with the developer to produce one of the colors in a print or transparency.

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Origin of coupler

First recorded in 1545–55; couple + -er1
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coupler
/ (ˈkʌplə) /

noun

a link or rod transmitting power between two rotating mechanisms or a rotating part and a reciprocating part
music a device on an organ or harpsichord connecting two keys, two manuals, etc, so that both may be played at once
electronics a device, such as a transformer, used to couple two or more electrical circuits
US and Canadian a device for connecting railway cars or trucks togetherAlso called (in eg Britain): coupling
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