- 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.
- coupled rhythm,
- couples therapy,
- coupon bond,
- coupon clipper,
- coupon rate,
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.
Examples from the Web for 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|Marina Watts|February 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|September 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The train came to a standstill, the coupling between the wrecked and the unwrecked portions remaining intact.Down Under With the Prince|Everard Cotes
He knows, moreover, the details of their sexual lives, he witnesses the often highly impressive spectacle of their coupling.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
After this episode T. began to speculate about sexual matters and to observe the coupling of dogs with newly acquired interest.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)|Havelock Ellis
This coupling of purchase with inheritance is strictly comparable to the Hidatsa bundle (this volume, 416-417).Notes on the Kiowa Sun Dance|Leslie Spier
Down in the street stormed the firemen, coupling hose and dragging it to the front.Children of the Tenements|Jacob A. Riis
- 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.