noun \ˈkə-pliŋ (usual for 2), -pə-liŋ\

: a device that connects two parts or things

: the act of having sex

: the act of combining two things

Full Definition of COUPLING

:  the act of bringing or coming together :  pairing; specifically :  sexual union
:  a device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent parts or objects
:  the joining of or the part of the body that joins the hindquarters to the forequarters of a quadruped
:  a means of electric connection of two electric circuits by having a part common to both

Examples of COUPLING

  1. the couplings between railroad cars
  2. a coupling of literature and science

First Known Use of COUPLING

14th century


noun \ˈkəp-liŋ, -ə-liŋ\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COUPLING

: the joint together with its supporting structures between the last lumbar vertebra and the sacrum that joins the hindquarters of a quadruped to the trunk; broadly : the part of the body or the conformation and proportionate length of the part of the body that joins the hindquarters to the forequarters
: the tendency of linked traits to be inherited together in offspring of a double heterozygote when both dominant genes occur on one chromosome and both recessive genes occur on the homologous chromosome—compare repulsion


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