Definition of coupling
1 : the act of bringing or coming together : pairing; specifically : sexual union
2 : a device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent parts or objects
3 : the joining of or the part of the body that joins the hindquarters to the forequarters of a quadruped
4 : a means of electric connection of two electric circuits by having a part common to both
Examples of coupling in a Sentence
the couplings between railroad cars
a coupling of literature and science
Recent Examples of coupling from the Web
Where their coupling achieves a sort of simple, evocative poetry.
The whole problem is that the relevant properties of molecules (vibrational frequencies, the strength of the coupling between the electron and the vibration, and the size of the barrier that the electron must pass through) vary so much.
The largest recall—of approximately 400,000 vehicles—applies to 2015-17 transit van/bus vehicles that are being recalled to replace the driveshaft flexible coupling.
So drivers should schedule an appointment to get the coupling replaced after the vans hit that threshold.
The coupling can separate from the drive shaft, causing loss of power or unintended movement when shifted into park.
Timken has expanded beyond bearings during the past five years, adding gearboxes, chain, belts, couplings, lubrication systems, industrial clutches and brakes, and a variety of industrial services to its portfolio.
The film is a freewheeling sex farce, with a large cast of characters engaging in the mandatory couplings (and thruplings and quadruplings).
Protecting secrets with light Quantum networks are in part built on the coupling of photons, or particles of light.
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First Known Use of coupling
COUPLING Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of coupling for English Language Learners
: a device that connects two parts or things
: the act of having sex
: the act of combining two things
COUPLING Defined for Kids
Definition of coupling for Students
1 : the act of bringing or coming together the coupling of the freight cars
2 : something that connects two parts or things a pipe coupling
Medical Definition of coupling
1: 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
2: 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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