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.
Cou·ple, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coupled p. pr. & vb. n. Coupling ]
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.]
n 1: a small indefinite number; "he's coming for a couple of
2: a pair of people who live together; "a married couple from
Chicago" [syn: mates, match]
3: a pair who associate with one another; "the engaged couple";
"an inseparable twosome" [syn: twosome, duo, duet]
4: two items of the same kind [syn: pair, twosome, twain,
brace, span, yoke, couplet, distich, duo, duet,
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"; "Matchmaker, can you match my
daughter with a nice young man?"; "The student was
paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
[syn: match, mate, pair, twin]
2: link together; "can we couple these proposals?" [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,