- a device for joining two rotating shafts semipermanently at their ends so as to transmit torque from one to the other.Compare clutch1(def 12a).
- a part with an inside thread for connecting two pipes of the same diameter.
- a fitting at the end of a length of hose into which the end of another such length can be screwed or fitted.
- the association of two circuits or systems in such a way that power may be transferred from one to the other.
- a device or expedient to ensure this.
Origin of coupling
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 couplingpairing, intercourse, mixture, combination, joint, connection, link, seam, tie, catch, yoke, blend, coupler, copulation, sex, mating
Examples from the Web for coupling
Contemporary Examples of coupling
In fact, this is the only coupling in the film that makes any sense.Revisiting ‘Valentine’s Day,’ the Star-Studded V-Day Movie Disasterpiece
February 14, 2014
Coupling, Skins, Free Agents: Huge in the U.K., one-season flops in the U.S.British Raunchfest ‘The Inbetweeners Movie’ Tries to Make Its Mark in America
September 8, 2012
Historical Examples of coupling
Sakes alive, the straight it's like the coupling of the cart-house.The Manxman
The coupling was apparently uninjured but the tender and engine were gone.The Mountain Divide
Frank H. Spearman
Amaryllis flushed a little at the coupling of names, but faced it bravely.Ambrotox and Limping Dick
This is the coupling of two things—a sensation and a cognition.The Mind and the Brain
This coupling of Sonetchka and myself pleased me so much that I blushed again.Childhood
- 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.