- to release the coupling or link between; disconnect; let go: to uncouple railroad cars.
- to end (a romantic relationship or marriage): Their marriage was uncoupled by financial problems.
- to become unfastened; let go: The glider uncoupled from the tow plane.
- to end a romantic relationship or marriage: My sister and her boyfriend have uncoupled after ten years together.
- (of a romantic relationship or marriage) to end.
Origin of uncouple
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Related Wordsdivorce, partition, rupture, disconnection, disengagement, dissolution, disunion, division, divorcement, separation, split-up
Examples from the Web for uncoupling
To get real insight into public figures, we must watch them uncoupling, reinventing themselves as individuals.Kristen Stewart, Katie Holmes, and the Summer of Break-Up Porn
August 13, 2012
He helped at the shunting, coupling, and uncoupling with the best.Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City
S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
When she heard that the uncoupling of the parlour car had caused a delay, she groaned.Dr. Dumany's Wife
All morning it came in a seemingly endless chain; uncoupling link by link, only to weld together again.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
A brakeman was just uncoupling the express car when Curly dived underneath and nestled close to the trucks.Crooked Trails and Straight
William MacLeod Raine
The arrangement of uncoupling, or throwing hooks out of gear, is extremely simple and effective.
- to disconnect or unfasten or become disconnected or unfastened
- (tr) to set loose; release
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Word Origin and History for uncoupling
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