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couple

Definitions

  • A couple preach to a crowd
    A couple preach to a crowd
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v couple bring two objects, ideas, or people together "This fact is coupled to the other one","Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?","The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
    • v couple link together "can we couple these proposals?"
    • v couple engage in sexual intercourse "Birds mate in the Spring"
    • v couple form a pair or pairs "The two old friends paired off"
    • n couple a pair who associate with one another "the engaged couple","an inseparable twosome"
    • n couple a pair of people who live together "a married couple from Chicago"
    • n couple (physics) something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines
    • n couple two items of the same kind
    • n couple a small indefinite number "he's coming for a couple of days"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A couple in an O-framed vignette A couple in an O-framed vignette
A man teaching others proudly about an art piece has his true nature discovered when a couple of men discover art history books in the pockets of his coat A man teaching others proudly about an art piece has his true nature discovered when a couple of men discover art...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the United States, more than 4.2 million couples live together that are not married
    • Couple A male and female associated together; esp., a man and woman who are married or betrothed. "Such were our couple, man and wife.""Fair couple linked in happy, nuptial league."
    • Couple (Elec) One of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery; -- called a voltaic couple or galvanic couple.
    • Couple (Arch) See Couple-close.
    • Couple That which joins or links two things together; a bond or tie; a coupler. "It is in some sort with friends as it is with dogs in couples ; they should be of the same size and humor .""I'll go in couples with her."
    • v. i Couple To come together as male and female; to copulate.
    • Couple To join in wedlock; to marry. "A parson who couples all our beggars."
    • Couple To link or tie, as one thing to another; to connect or fasten together; to join. "Huntsman, I charge thee, tender well my hounds, . . . And couple Clowder with the deep-mouthed brach."
    • Couple Two of the same kind connected or considered together; a pair; a brace. "A couple of shepherds.""A couple of drops""A couple of miles.""A couple of weeks.""Adding one to one we have the complex idea of a couple .""Ziba] met him with a couple of asses saddled."
    • Couple (Mech) Two rotations, movements, etc., which are equal in amount but opposite in direction, and acting along parallel lines or around parallel axes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: On average, 150 couples get married in Las Vegas each day
    • n couple Two of the same class or kind connected or considered together; a brace: as, a couple of oranges; “a couple of shepherds,”
    • n couple Specifically A man and woman associated together, whether by marriage or by betrothal, or accompanying each other on a given occasion, as at a party: as, a loving couple; a young couple.
    • n couple A pair of forces, equal, parallel, and acting in opposite directions: they tend to make the body acted upon rotate.
    • n couple In electricity, a pair of metallic plates in contact, used as a source of an electrical current, as in one of the cells of a voltaic battery (a voltaic couple), or in a thermo-electric battery (a thermo-electric couple). See electricity and thermo-electricity.
    • n couple plural In carpentry, rafters framed together in pairs by means of a tie at or near their lower ends.
    • n couple plural Association by twos; junction of two.
    • couple To link or connect, as one thing with another; fasten together, especially in a pair or pairs; unite: as, to couple cars.
    • couple To marry; join together as husband and wife; unite in matrimony.
    • couple In organ-playing, to connect by means of a coupler, as two keys or keyboards. See coupler .
    • couple To embrace, as the sexes; copulate.
    • couple In organ-playing, to be susceptible of connection by means of a coupler, as one key or keyboard with another.
    • n couple In astronomy, a double star.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only married couple to fly together in space were Jan Davis and Mark Lee, who flew aboard the Endeavor space shuttle from Sept 12-20, 1992
    • n Couple kup′l that which joins two things together: two of a kind joined together, or connected: two: one pair at a dance: a pair: esp. of married or betrothed persons:
    • v.t Couple to join together
    • v.i Couple to pair sexually
    • n Couple kup′l (statics) a pair of equal forces acting on the same body in opposite and parallel directions
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Quotations

  • Eric Hoffer
    Eric%20Hoffer
    “Naivete in grownups is often charming; but when coupled with vanity it is indistinguishable from stupidity.”
  • Steffi Graf
    Steffi Graf
    “When you lose a couple of times, it makes you realize how difficult it is to win.”
  • Bill Cosby
    Bill%20Cosby
    “That married couples can live together day after day is a miracle the Vatican has overlooked.”
  • Dr. James C. Dobson
    Dr. James C. Dobson
    “I'm certain that most couples expect to find intimacy in marriage, but it somehow eludes them.”
  • Henry Fielding
    Henry%20Fielding
    “One fool at least in every married couple.”
  • Sydney Smith
    Sydney%20Smith
    “Married couples resemble a pair of scissors, often moving in opposite directions, yet punishing anyone who gets in between them.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. couple, fr. L. copula, a bond, band; co-, + apere, aptum, to join. See Art (a.), and cf. Copula
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cople—L. copula.

Usage

In literature:

The ball had passed through the great foresail, a couple of feet from the mast.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
In what way was society injured by this young couple acquiring contraceptive information?
"Woman" by William J. Robinson
This is presumably in contrast to the knotting of the clothes of the couple together at a wedding.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
A couple of men still held him.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Here a couple of weeks back I thought I'd wiped It'ly off the map.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
But this occasion was different, and I was up and about a couple of minutes after waking.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
In a certain country there lived an old couple who had a daughter called Marusia (Mary).
"Russian Fairy Tales" by W. R. S. Ralston
Unless a young couple are engaged to each other, they should not dance together so often as to be conspicuous.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
He'll be here in a couple of minutes.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
Between a couple of rows of lockers, a youth sat in an inconspicuously placed chair.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
They would probably be set at liberty within a couple of hours.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
They might have an area of a couple or a couple of dozen yards.
"Lines in Pleasant Places" by William Senior
We also had taken a couple, and a small quantity of ammunition.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
Unabashed couples embraced each other, rubbing elbows with other embracing pairs.
"Still Jim" by Honoré Willsie Morrow
To visit any considerable portion of the cavern would occupy us at least a couple of days.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
But I figure on kicking in a couple of thousand bucks, soon, to help you characters along.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
As the Royal couple landed, girls strewed flowers under their feet.
"The Life of King Edward VII" by J. Castell Hopkins
They were so friendly, in fact, that a couple of them accompanied him on his return to Virginia.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
There are many ways of offering good wishes to the engaged couple.
"The Etiquette of Engagement and Marriage" by G. R. M. Devereux
Now, do you want me to assign you a couple of assistants?
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
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In poetry:

She passed by the loving couples,
She turned her head away;
She passed by the loving couples,
And they didn't ask her to stay.
"Miss Gee" by W H Auden
Nature acts perfectly, no doubt,
In what employ she sets about;
When she work'd at the Pairing trade,
Our couple for each other made.
"The True Lover's Knot" by William Hutton
Thus she, for separation loth,
Had dropp'd a word that suited both.
The couple on each other smil'd;
Forgot to part--but not the child.
"Reconciliation" by William Hutton
He learnt us a', forbye, to dance,
For nane could teach like him ava';
His gleg blue een would gi'e a glance
Alang the couples in a raw.
"Blythe Willie Stewart" by Alexander Anderson
And yet of Liberty's tried friends,
They ranked the truest of the true;
Ne'er having swerved for selfish ends,
Nor coupled treason with their hue.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
'Then cut down a couple of saplings,
Place one at my head and my toe,
Carve on them cross, stockwhip, and saddle,
To show there's a stockman below.
"The Dying Stockman" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

COLLEGE STATION, Texas- Six Texas A&M athletic greats were inducted into the Texas A&M Letterman's Association Hall of Fame while a dedicated couple and a longtime athletic department worker were inducted into the Texas A&M Hall of Honor.
Associated Press photo by PETER KRAMERJohn Stewart and Billy O'Reilly, a celebrity odd couple with a history of public political feuds, tangle in a sold-out debate in Washington.
Something felt awful and familiar as I strolled toward the set of Sheriff Joe Arpaio's latest made-for-TV movie ( Charred Riots of Fire, MCSO Studios, 1996) when it began shooting at the Durango Jail a couple of weeks ago.
The engagement and upcoming marriage of Karen Marie Barbe and Nathaniel Bart Caldwell are being announced by the couple.
Couple's secrets: Surprise romance bloomed between unlikely couple.
The Colorado General Assembly is considering a civil union bill that will grant gay couples the same rights and protections that married couples have.
Gay couples say 'I don't' to RI civil union law, only 68 couples obtain licenses in 1st year.
This maintenance is required annually for most couplings and more frequently for couplings in adverse environments or in demanding operating conditions.
HKFR fire-rated coupling is a quick disconnect coupling for high temperature applications where safety is a concern.
Doug Lamborn, R-Colo. Rep Doug Lamborn left two voice mails at the home of a couple who questioned his acceptance of campaign contributions from the gambling industry, saying there would be "consequences" if the couple did not respond.
According to a new study, the divorce rate for couples who split housework and chores equally is almost 50% higher than the divorce rate for couples where the woman does most of the housework.
Domestic partner ship offers rights similar to marriage for same-sex couples and for unmarried heterosexual couples.
Democrats who controlled the Legislature in 2009 changed the law so that same-sex couples could sign up for domestic partner ship registries with county clerks to secure some - but not all - of the rights afforded married couples.
Wild noted that the State of Wisconsin gives legal recognition both to marriage for heterosexual couples and to a registered domestic partner ship for same-sex couples.
Gay couples deserve same legal rights as every other couple.
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In science:

The agreement is perfect not only in the strong-coupling regime but also at weak coupling.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
We find the expected critical behavior of a c = 0 matter coupled to 2D gravity and evaluate the critical coupling g∗ .
Exact Solution of the Three-color Problem on a Random Lattice
In the Ma-Dasgupta-Hu RG-method the strongest term in the Hamiltonian, coupling or field, of strength Ω are successively decimated out and the neighboring fields or couplings are replaced by weaker ones, which are generated by a perturbation calculation.
Griffiths-McCoy singularities in random quantum spin chains: Exact results through renormalization
In the RG decimation the SCD-s are only eliminated through coupling decimation, since their couplings are stronger than the average fields.
Griffiths-McCoy singularities in random quantum spin chains: Exact results through renormalization
So long as the J z couplings are not large compared to the J ⊥ couplings, the ground state of the two-spin problem will always be a singlet separated by a large gap from the triplet excited states.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
Consider the Hamiltonian HXXZ with J z couplings completely dominating the J ⊥ couplings.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
Almost always, we will be decimating strong J z couplings making larger and larger clusters, with the other J z couplings remaining essentially unchanged, and the remaining J ⊥ couplings growing weaker and weaker.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
J ⊥ coupling large compared to the neighboring couplings, and this will then produce a singlet.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
This effective model is written entirely in terms of spin-1/2 degrees of freedom coupled by nearest-neighbor Heisenberg exchange couplings.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
The coupling of the edge spins on neighboring segments is given roughly by the original coupling of the two segments, and is always antiferromagnetic—these are the even bonds of the effective model.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
The pitch of the spiral is related to the open string coupling Go and goes to infinity at strong coupling.
OM Theory in Diverse Dimensions
Finally, we notice that in the model (Eq. 1), couplings in different two-body spin sectors are taken to be completely independent of one another; in Section II J we will discuss an alternative random-coupling model where this is not the case.
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
An argument very similar to the one leading to Eq. 9, but generalized to large N and to an arbitrary ratio of couplings C1/C0 shows that the effect discussed there always favors the S = 0 width, at O(1/N M ), independent of which coupling is stronger.
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
For systems with a spin-1 coupling that is stronger than the spin-0 two-body coupling we predict a transition from spin-0 ground states to ground states of higher spin.
Spin Structure of Many-Body Systems with Two-Body Random Interactions
As we will explain in the following, for weak NCOS coupling and low energies the (1, 1) OBLST reduces to what we call D = 5 + 1 NCOS, being a theory of weakly coupled open strings.
Open Branes in Space-Time Non-Commutative Little String Theory
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