cou·​pling | \ ˈkə-pliŋ (usual for sense 2) How to pronounce coupling (audio) , -pə-liŋ \

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 on the Web This new paper shows how to reduce errors, not by engineering but by understanding (and using) the right quantum states and their coupling to generate a system that is naturally more immune to certain types of noise. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 25 July 2022 Zoller stages it as a swinging ‘60s go-go dancing fever dream, accented by amusingly abstract (and non-explicit) acts of carnal coupling. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 14 July 2022 Her favorite coupling is of dogs and dolphins, who play in the water together. CBS News, 3 July 2022 Though that dance classic predates their coupling by a few years, Cher might as well have been talking about Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Ew Staff,, 1 July 2022 Black contestants are routinely picked last in the initial coupling ceremonies. Meredith Blakestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 Loose coupling reduces all types of dependencies and the complexities around adding new functionality to an existing application or integrating that solution with other solutions from other vendors. Steve Banker, Forbes, 1 June 2022 Engine output can also be sent to the front axle thanks to a clutch-pack coupling on the nine-speed automatic, and electric torque can be shifted forward by effectively reversing the torque flow within the driveline. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 23 May 2022 Modular design, classical coupling, and parallelization of quantum hardware are all essential elements in designing a quantum-centric supercomputer. Paul Smith-goodson, Forbes, 18 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of coupling

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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More Definitions for coupling


cou·​pling | \ ˈkə-pling How to pronounce coupling (audio) \

Kids Definition of coupling

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


cou·​pling | \ ˈkəp-liŋ, -ə-liŋ How to pronounce coupling (audio) \

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
3 : bigeminy

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