intercouple

verb
in·​ter·​cou·​ple | \ ˌin-tər-ˈkə-pəl How to pronounce intercouple (audio) ; \
variants: or less commonly inter-couple
intercoupled also inter-coupled; intercoupling also inter-coupling

Definition of intercouple

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to couple together intercouples them so well that units can then be picked up as one entity and carried off without incident.— Ronald A. Provenzale The [railroad car] coupler will intercouple with all standard radial car couplers now in useTransit Journal

intercouple

adjective
variants: or inter-couple

Definition of intercouple (Entry 2 of 2)

: occurring or existing between members of a couple or between two or more couples Stage controversial scenes in the master bedroom with … inter-couple examinations of where it all went wrong.— Raymond Gill … the couples terrorise each other with their hilariously-mismatched social agendas. … We chart the inter-couple tensions, the petty snubs and snobberies.— Maeve Quigley

First Known Use of intercouple

Verb

1902, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Intercouple.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intercouple. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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