from The Century Dictionary.
- noun In architecture, the act of placing two pillars, columns, or pilasters close together, so as to form a pair, in contrast with similar pieces which are spaced more widely. Accouplement is rare in classical buildings as we know them, but is common in modern work.
- noun The act of accoupling or connecting in pairs; union in couples; marriage.
- noun In carpentry: A tie or brace. The entire piece of work formed by a brace and the timbers which it joins.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun rare The act of coupling, or the state of being coupled; union.
- noun rare That which couples, as a tie or brace.
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- noun rare The act of
coupling, or the state of being coupled; union - Caxton
- noun rare That which
couples, as a tie or brace
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Fourthly, because they be put to their husbands; and this excellence that virginity had as to the respect of the accouplement of marriage appeareth by manifold comparation.
Sorcieres rapportent que cet accouplement leur est le plus souuent des-agreable, tant pour la laideur & deformité de Satan, que pour ce qu'elles y ont vne extreme douleur. [
'En cet accouplement il leur faict perdre vne infinité de sang, et leur faict souffrir mille douleurs.' [