noun \ˈkə-pəl; couple of is often ˌkə-plə(v)\

: two people who are married or who have a romantic or sexual relationship

: two people or things that are together

Full Definition of COUPLE

a :  two persons married, engaged, or otherwise romantically paired
b :  two persons paired together
:  pair, brace
:  something that joins or links two things together: as
a :  two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines
b :  a pair of substances that in contact with an electrolyte participate in a transfer of electrons which causes an electric current to flow
:  an indefinite small number :  few <a couple of days ago>
cou·ple·dom \-dəm\ noun

Examples of COUPLE

  1. Are they a couple? No, they are just good friends.
  2. Seventeen couples participated in the survey.

Origin of COUPLE

Middle English, pair, bond, from Anglo-French cuple, from Latin copula bond, from co- + apere to fasten — more at apt
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Physics Terms

amplitude, centrifugal, centripetal, convection, gradient, hysteresis, kinetic, lase, quantum

Rhymes with COUPLE


verb \ˈkə-pəl\

: to join (two things) together

: to join (something) to something else

cou·pledcou·pling \-p(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of COUPLE

transitive verb
a :  to connect for consideration together
b :  to join for combined effect
a :  to fasten together :  link
b :  to bring (two electric circuits) into such close proximity as to permit mutual influence
:  to join in marriage or sexual union
intransitive verb
:  to unite in sexual union
:  join
:  to unite chemically

Examples of COUPLE

  1. a device that makes it possible to couple the pieces
  2. The coils are loosely coupled.
  3. The wire is coupled to the terminal.
  4. It took an hour to couple the trailer to the truck.

First Known Use of COUPLE

13th century



Definition of COUPLE

:  two; also :  few —used with a <a couple drinks>

Usage Discussion of COUPLE

The adjective use of a couple, without of, has been called nonstandard, but it is not. In both British and American English it is standard before a word (as more or less) indicating degree <a couple more examples of Middle English writing — Charles Barber>. Its use before an ordinary plural noun is an Americanism, common in speech and in writing that is not meant to be formal or elevated <the first couple chapters are pretty good — E. B. White (letter)> <still operated a couple wagons for hire — Garrison Keillor>. It is most frequently used with periods of time <a couple weeks> and numbers <a couple hundred> <a couple dozen>.

First Known Use of COUPLE


Rhymes with COUPLE


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In physics, a pair of equal parallel forces that are opposite in direction. Couples produce or prevent the turning of a body. The forces used to turn the steering wheel of a car constitute a couple; each hand exerts a force, parallel but opposite in direction, yet they work together to achieve the same goal. A couple is also used to turn a screwdriver or a doorknob, and the pair of forces acting on the opposite poles of a compass needle as it points somewhere between north and south are a couple.


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