cou·​pler | \ˈkə-p(ə-)lər \

Definition of coupler 

1 : one that couples

2 : a contrivance on a keyboard instrument by which keyboards or keys are connected to play together

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The light kicks move the BEC along in free space, while the microwave pulses act like couplers between different paths. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Wandering Bose-Einstein condensate may lead to scalable quantum computer," 29 Aug. 2018 Firefighters found his foot pinched three inches below the top of two couplers which link train cars together. Chris Mayhew,, "Boy rescued from Norfolk Southern train in Crescent Springs," 6 July 2018 Firefighters were dispatched at 5:29 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, to help a juvenile with his foot pinned between two steel couplers of a northbound Norfolk Southern train. Chris Mayhew,, "Boy rescued from Norfolk Southern train in Crescent Springs," 6 July 2018 More cars uncouple, and if critics are right, faulty new equipment may cause serious malfunctions of brakes, couplers, track signals, and switches. Christopher Bonanos, Daily Intelligencer, "The Subway Crisis We’ve Been Writing About for 48 Years," 17 Apr. 2018 During a fire, firefighters can connect a hose from a nearby hydrant to one or both couplers, boosting pressure and providing additional water to systems inside the building. Keith Williams, New York Times, "Those Dastardly Standpipe Spikes," 25 Jan. 2018 An automatic-parking aid will help line up to it, according to Fisker, and the design of the coupler allows some position flexibility. Bengt Halvorson, Car and Driver, "Fisker Aims for Charging Innovation and Solid-State Batteries—Not Dealerships or Assembly Plants," 20 Dec. 2017 In this case the coupler was a trio of lenses from an old CD player, stuck together with putty and wrapped in paper to make cylinder. Charlie Sorrel, WIRED, "Phone-O-Matic Puts DSLR Lens on iPhone," 2 Dec. 2009

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First Known Use of coupler

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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