Definitions for coupleˈkʌp əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cou•ple*ˈkʌp əl(n.; v.)-pled, -pling.

  1. (n.)a combination of two of a kind; pair.

  2. a grouping of two persons, as a married or engaged pair, lovers, or dance partners.

  3. any two persons considered together.

  4. a small number; few:

    We met a couple of times.

  5. a pair of equal, parallel forces acting in opposite directions and tending to produce rotation.

    Category: Mechanics

  6. something that joins two things together.

  7. (v.t.)to fasten or associate together in a pair or pairs.

  8. to join; connect.

  9. to unite in marriage or in sexual union.

  10. 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.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  11. (v.i.)to join in a pair; unite.

  12. to copulate.

* Usage: The phrase a couple of has been standard for centuries, esp. in referring to distance, money, or time (Stay for a couple of days) and is used in all but the most formal speech and writing. The shortened a couple , without of (The gas station is a couple miles from here), is an Americanism of recent development that occurs chiefly in informal speech. Without a following noun, the phrase is highly informal: Jack shouldn't drive. He's had a couple. (Here the noun drinks is omitted.) See also collective noun.

Origin of couple:

1175–1225; ME < AF c(o)uple, OF cople, cuple < L cōpula a tie, bond (see copula )

cou′ple•a•ble(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. couple, twosome, duo, duet(noun)

    a pair who associate with one another

    "the engaged couple"; "an inseparable twosome"

  2. couple, mates, match(noun)

    a pair of people who live together

    "a married couple from Chicago"

  3. couple(noun)

    a small indefinite number

    "he's coming for a couple of days"

  4. couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad(noun)

    two items of the same kind

  5. couple(verb)

    (physics) something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines

  6. match, mate, couple, pair, twin(verb)

    bring two objects, ideas, or people together

    "This fact is coupled to the other one"; "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"

  7. couple, couple on, couple up(verb)

    link together

    "can we couple these proposals?"

  8. pair, pair off, partner off, couple(verb)

    form a pair or pairs

    "The two old friends paired off"

  9. copulate, mate, pair, couple(verb)

    engage in sexual intercourse

    "Birds mate in the Spring"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. couple(noun)ˈkʌp əl

    two of a particular type

    I took a couple of peaches.; "How many times have you tried this?" "A couple."

  2. coupleˈkʌp əl

    a few

    I had a couple of things to do in town.

  3. coupleˈkʌp əl

    two people having a romantic relationship

    couples holding hands

Wiktionary

  1. couple(Noun)

    Two partners in a romantic or sexual relationship.

  2. couple(Noun)

    Two of the same kind connected or considered together (see Usage notes).

  3. couple(Noun)

    A small number of. See usage notes.

  4. couple(Noun)

    One of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery, called a voltaic couple or galvanic couple.

  5. couple(Noun)

    Two forces that are equal in magnitude but opposite in direction (and acting along parallel lines), thus creating the turning effect of a torque or moment.

  6. couple(Verb)

    To join (two things) together, or (one thing) to (another).

  7. couple(Verb)

    To join in wedlock; to marry.

  8. couple(Verb)

    To join in sexual intercourse; to copulate.

  9. Origin: From cople, from copula

Webster Dictionary

  1. Couple(adj)

    that which joins or links two things together; a bond or tie; a coupler

  2. Couple(adj)

    two of the same kind connected or considered together; a pair; a brace

  3. Couple(adj)

    a male and female associated together; esp., a man and woman who are married or betrothed

  4. Couple(adj)

    see Couple-close

  5. Couple(adj)

    one of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery; -- called a voltaic couple or galvanic couple

  6. Couple(adj)

    two rotations, movements, etc., which are equal in amount but opposite in direction, and acting along parallel lines or around parallel axes

  7. Couple

    to link or tie, as one thing to another; to connect or fasten together; to join

  8. Couple

    to join in wedlock; to marry

  9. Couple(verb)

    to come together as male and female; to copulate

Freebase

  1. Couple

    In mechanics, a couple is a system of forces with a resultant moment but no resultant force. A better term is force couple or pure moment. Its effect is to create rotation without translation, or more generally without any acceleration of the centre of mass. In rigid body mechanics, force couples are free vectors, meaning their effects on a body are independent of the point of application. The resultant moment of a couple is called a torque. This is not to be confused with the term torque as it is used in physics, where it is merely a synonym of moment. Instead, torque is a special case of moment. Torque has special properties that moment does not have, in particular the property of being independent of reference point, as described below.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Couple

    Two forces applied to different points of a straight line, when opposed in direction or unequal in amount, tend to cause rotation about a point intermediate between their points of application and lying on the straight line. Such a pair constitute a couple.

CrunchBase

  1. Couple

    Couple is an app just for the two of you. It helps you stay connected, and feel close to each other. Whether it’s texting, sharing videos, photos, sketching together and more, Couple let’s your partner know that you’re thinking about them.Couple was part of the YCombinator W2012 batch, and was formerly named Pair until they renamed to Couple on January 31st, 2013.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'couple' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #944

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'couple' in Written Corpus Frequency: #424

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'couple' in Nouns Frequency: #306

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'couple' in Verbs Frequency: #889


Translations for couple

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

couple(noun)

two; a few

Can I borrow a couple of chairs?; I knew a couple of people at the party, but not many.

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