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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Two items of the same kind; a pair.
  • n. Something that joins or connects two things together; a link.
  • n. Two people united, as by betrothal or marriage.
  • n. Two people together.
  • n. Informal A few; several: a couple of days.
  • n. Physics A pair of forces of equal magnitude acting in parallel but opposite directions, capable of causing rotation but not translation.
  • transitive v. To link together; connect: coupled her refusal with an explanation.
  • transitive v. To join as spouses; marry.
  • transitive v. To join in sexual union.
  • transitive v. Electricity To link (two circuits or currents) as by magnetic induction.
  • intransitive v. To form pairs; join.
  • intransitive v. To unite sexually; copulate.
  • intransitive v. To join chemically.
  • adj. Informal Two or few: "Every couple years the urge strikes, to . . . haul off to a new site” ( Garrison Keillor).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Two partners in a romantic or sexual relationship.
  • n. Two of the same kind connected or considered together.
  • n. A small number.
  • n. One of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery, called a voltaic couple or galvanic couple.
  • n. 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.
  • A small number of.
  • v. To join (two things) together, or (one thing) to (another).
  • v. To join in wedlock; to marry.
  • v. To join in sexual intercourse; to copulate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which joins or links two things together; a bond or tie; a coupler.
  • n. Two of the same kind connected or considered together; a pair; a brace.
  • n. A male and female associated together; esp., a man and woman who are married or betrothed.
  • n. See Couple-close.
  • n. One of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery; -- called a voltaic couple or galvanic couple.
  • n. Two rotations, movements, etc., which are equal in amount but opposite in direction, and acting along parallel lines or around parallel axes.
  • transitive v. To link or tie, as one thing to another; to connect or fasten together; to join.
  • transitive v. To join in wedlock; to marry.
  • intransitive v. To come together as male and female; to copulate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Two of the same class or kind connected or considered together; a brace: as, a couple of oranges; “a couple of shepherds,”
  • n. Specifically A man and woman associated together, whether by marriage or by betrothal, or accompanying each other on a given occasion, as at a party: as, a loving couple; a young couple.
  • n. A pair of forces, equal, parallel, and acting in opposite directions: they tend to make the body acted upon rotate.
  • n. In electricity, a pair of metallic plates in contact, used as a source of an electrical current, as in one of the cells of a voltaic battery (a voltaic couple), or in a thermo-electric battery (a thermo-electric couple). See electricity and thermo-electricity.
  • n. plural In carpentry, rafters framed together in pairs by means of a tie at or near their lower ends.
  • n. plural Association by twos; junction of two.
  • To link or connect, as one thing with another; fasten together, especially in a pair or pairs; unite: as, to couple cars.
  • To marry; join together as husband and wife; unite in matrimony.
  • In organ-playing, to connect by means of a coupler, as two keys or keyboards. See coupler .
  • To embrace, as the sexes; copulate.
  • In organ-playing, to be susceptible of connection by means of a coupler, as one key or keyboard with another.
  • n. In astronomy, a double star.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. link together
  • v. bring two objects, ideas, or people together
  • n. a pair who associate with one another
  • n. a small indefinite number
  • n. two items of the same kind
  • v. engage in sexual intercourse
  • v. form a pair or pairs
  • n. a pair of people who live together
  • n. (physics) something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines


Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cōpula, bond, pair.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French couple, from Latin copula. (Wiktionary)



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