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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Couple  \Cou"ple\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Coupled}  (k?p"'ld);  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Coupling}  (-l?ng).]  [F.  coupler,  fr  L. 
  copulare.  See  {Couple},  n.,  and  cf  {Copulate},  {Cobble},  v.] 
  1.  To  link  or  tie,  as  one  thing  to  another;  to  connect  or 
  fasten  together;  to  join 
 
  Huntsman,  I  charge  thee,  tender  well  my  hounds,  .  . 
  .  And  couple  Clowder  with  the  deep-mouthed  brach. 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  join  in  wedlock;  to  marry.  [Colloq.] 
 
  A  parson  who  couples  all  our  beggars.  --Swift. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Couple  \Cou"ple\  (k?p"'l),  n.  [F.  couple,  fr  L.  copula  a  bond, 
  band;  co-  +  apere,  aptum,  to  join  See  {Art},  a.,  and  cf 
  {Copula}.] 
  1.  That  which  joins  or  links  two  things  together;  a  bond  or 
  tie;  a  coupler.  [Obs.] 
 
  It  is  in  some  sort  with  friends  as  it  is  with  dogs 
  in  couples;  they  should  be  of  the  same  size  and 
  humor.  --L'Estrange. 
 
  I'll  go  in  couples  with  her  --Shak. 
 
  2.  Two  of  the  same  kind  connected  or  considered  together;  a 
  pair;  a  brace.  ``A  couple  of  shepherds.''  --Sir  P.  Sidney. 
  ``A  couple  of  drops''  --Addison.  ``A  couple  of  miles.'' 
  --Dickens.  ``A  couple  of  weeks.''  --Carlyle. 
 
  Adding  one  to  one  we  have  the  complex  idea  of  a 
  couple.  --Locke. 
 
  [Ziba]  met  him  with  a  couple  of  asses  saddled.  --2 
  Sam.  xvi.  1. 
 
  3.  A  male  and  female  associated  together;  esp.,  a  man  and 
  woman  who  are  married  or  betrothed. 
 
  Such  were  our  couple,  man  and  wife.  --Lloyd. 
 
  Fair  couple  linked  in  happy,  nuptial  league. 
  --Milton. 
 
  4.  (Arch.)  See  {Couple-close}. 
 
  5.  (Elec.)  One  of  the  pairs  of  plates  of  two  metals  which 
  compose  a  voltaic  battery;  --  called  a  voltaic  couple  or 
  galvanic  couple. 
 
  6.  (Mech.)  Two  rotations,  movements,  etc.,  which  are  equal  in 
  amount  but  opposite  in  direction,  and  acting  along 
  parallel  lines  or  around  parallel  axes. 
 
  Note:  The  effect  of  a  couple  of  forces  is  to  produce  a 
  rotation.  A  couple  of  rotations  is  equivalent  to  a 
  motion  of  translation. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Couple  \Cou"ple\,  v.  i. 
  To  come  together  as  male  and  female;  to  copulate.  [Obs.] 
  --Milton.  Bacon. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  couple 
  n  1:  a  pair  who  associate  with  one  another;  "the  engaged  couple"; 
  "an  inseprable  twosome"  [syn:  {twosome},  {duo},  {duet}] 
  2:  a  pair  of  people  who  live  together;  "a  married  couple  from 
  Chicago"  [syn:  {mates},  {match}] 
  3:  a  small  indefinite  number;  "he's  coming  for  a  couple  of 
  days" 
  4:  two  items  of  the  same  kind  [syn:  {doubleton},  {pair},  {twosome}, 
  {twain},  {brace},  {span},  {yoke},  {couplet},  {distich},  {duo}, 
  {duet},  {dyad},  {duad}] 
  5:  something  joined  by  two  equal  and  opposite  forces  that  act 
  along  parallel  lines 
  v  1:  bring  two  objects,  ideas,  or  people  together;  "This  fact  is 
  coupled  to  the  other  one"  [syn:  {match},  {mate},  {pair}, 
  {twin}] 
  2:  link  together  [syn:  {couple  on},  {couple  up}]  [ant:  {uncouple}] 
  3:  form  a  pair  or  pairs;  "The  two  old  friends  paired  off"  [syn: 
  {pair},  {pair  off},  {partner  off}] 
  4:  make  love;  "Birds  mate  in  the  Spring"  [syn:  {copulate},  {mate}, 
  {pair}] 




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