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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]: 
 
  Coupling  \Coup"ling\  (-l?ng),  n. 
  1.  The  act  of  bringing  or  coming  together;  connection;  sexual 
  union. 
 
  2.  (Mach.)  A  device  or  contrivance  which  serves  to  couple  or 
  connect  adjacent  parts  or  objects;  as  a  belt  coupling, 
  which  connects  the  ends  of  a  belt;  a  car  coupling,  which 
  connects  the  cars  in  a  train;  a  shaft  coupling,  which 
  connects  the  ends  of  shafts. 
 
  {Box  coupling},  {Chain  coupling}.  See  under  {Box},  Chain. 
 
  {Coupling  box},  a  coupling  shaped  like  a  journal  box,  for 
  clamping  together  the  ends  of  two  shafts,  so  that  they  may 
  revolve  together. 
 
  {Coupling  pin},  a  pin  or  bolt  used  in  coupling  or  joining 
  together  railroad  cars,  etc 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  coupling 
  n  1:  connects  two  things  so  they  move  together  [syn:  {yoke}] 
  2:  a  mechanical  device  that  serves  to  connect  the  ends  of 
  adjacent  objects  [syn:  {coupler}] 
  3:  the  act  of  pairing  a  male  and  female  for  reproductive 
  purposes;  "the  casual  couplings  of  adolescents";  "the 
  mating  of  some  species  occurs  only  in  the  spring"  [syn:  {mating}, 
  {pairing},  {conjugation},  {union},  {sexual  union}] 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  coupling 
 
    The  degree  to  which  components  depend 
  on  one  another.  There  are  two  types  of  coupling,  tight"  and 
  "loose".  Loose  coupling  is  desirable  for  good  {software 
  engineering}  but  tight  coupling  may  be  necessary  for  maximum 
  performance.  Coupling  is  increased  when  the  data  exchanged 
  between  components  becomes  larger  or  more  complex. 
 
  (1996-08-01) 
 
 




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