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cou•ple



Pronunciation: (kup'ul), [key]
n., v., -pled, -pling.


n.
1. two of the same sort considered together; pair.
2. two persons considered as joined together, as a married or engaged pair, lovers, or dance partners: They make a handsome couple.
3. any two persons considered together.
4. Mech.a pair of equal, parallel forces acting in opposite directions and tending to produce rotation.
5. Also called couple-close. Carpentry.a pair of rafters connected by a tie beam or collar beam.
6. a leash for holding two hounds together.
7. Fox Hunting.two hounds: 25 hounds or 12½ couple.
8. a couple of, more than two, but not many, of; a small number of; a few: It will take a couple of days for the package to get there. Also,a couple.

v.t.
1. to fasten, link, or associate together in a pair or pairs.
2. to join; connect.
3. to unite in marriage or in sexual union.
4. Elect.
a. to join or associate by means of a coupler.
b. to bring (two electric circuits or circuit components) close enough to permit an exchange of electromagnetic energy.

v.i.
1. to join in a pair; unite.
2. to copulate.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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