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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cou·ple n.
 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.