Definitions for coupleˈkʌp əl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
cou•ple*ˈkʌp əl(n.; v.)-pled, -pling.
(n.)a combination of two of a kind; pair.
a grouping of two persons, as a married or engaged pair, lovers, or dance partners.
any two persons considered together.
a small number; few:
We met a couple of times.
a pair of equal, parallel forces acting in opposite directions and tending to produce rotation.
something that joins two things together.
(v.t.)to fasten or associate together in a pair or pairs.
to join; connect.
to unite in marriage or in sexual union.
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
(v.i.)to join in a pair; unite.
* 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 )
couple, twosome, duo, duet(noun)
a pair who associate with one another
"the engaged couple"; "an inseparable twosome"
couple, mates, match(noun)
a pair of people who live together
"a married couple from Chicago"
a small indefinite number
"he's coming for a couple of days"
couple, pair, twosome, twain, brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet, dyad, duad(noun)
two items of the same kind
(physics) something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines
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"
couple, couple on, couple up(verb)
"can we couple these proposals?"
pair, pair off, partner off, couple(verb)
form a pair or pairs
"The two old friends paired off"
copulate, mate, pair, couple(verb)
engage in sexual intercourse
"Birds mate in the Spring"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
two of a particular type
I took a couple of peaches.; "How many times have you tried this?" "A couple."
I had a couple of things to do in town.
two people having a romantic relationship
couples holding hands
Two partners in a romantic or sexual relationship.
Two of the same kind connected or considered together (see Usage notes).
A small number of. See usage notes.
One of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery, called a voltaic couple or galvanic couple.
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.
To join (two things) together, or (one thing) to (another).
To join in wedlock; to marry.
To join in sexual intercourse; to copulate.
Origin: From cople, from copula
that which joins or links two things together; a bond or tie; a coupler
two of the same kind connected or considered together; a pair; a brace
a male and female associated together; esp., a man and woman who are married or betrothed
one of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery; -- called a voltaic couple or galvanic couple
two rotations, movements, etc., which are equal in amount but opposite in direction, and acting along parallel lines or around parallel axes
to link or tie, as one thing to another; to connect or fasten together; to join
to join in wedlock; to marry
to come together as male and female; to copulate
The Standard Electrical Dictionary
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.
Translations for couple
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
two; a few
Can I borrow a couple of chairs?; I knew a couple of people at the party, but not many.
- عَدَد قَليل مِن ، إثنانArabic
- uns poucosPortuguese (BR)
- pár, několikCzech
- ein paarGerman
- par; nogleDanish
- δύο, μερικοίGreek
- un par; unos cuantos, unas cuantas; unos pocos, unas pocasSpanish
- paar, mõniEstonian
- دوتا؛ چند تاFarsi
- (environ) deuxFrench
- שְּׂנֵי, שְׁתֵיHebrew
- दो, कुछHindi
- par, nekolikoCroatian
- tvennt af e-u; fáeinirIcelandic
- pora, keletasLithuanian
- pāris; dažiLatvian
- par, noen fåNorwegian
- دوتا؛ چند تاPersian
- دو دانی یی، څو دانیPashto
- par, nekajSlovenian
- ett par, någraSwedish
- สอง; ไม่มากThai
- iki; birkaçTurkish
- 一對，一些Chinese (Trad.)
- دو، كچھUrdu
- 一对，三两个Chinese (Simp.)
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