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[n] a pair who associate with one another; "the engaged couple"; "an inseparable twosome"
[n] a pair of people who live together; "a married couple from Chicago"
[n] something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines
[n] two items of the same kind
[n] a small indefinite number; "he's coming for a couple of days"
[v] 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"
[v] link together
[v] make love; "Birds mate in the Spring"
[v] form a pair or pairs; "The two old friends paired off"



Misc. Definitions

\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.
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.
\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.
\Cou"ple\, v. i. To come together as male and female; to copulate. [Obs.] --Milton. Bacon.

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