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couple

  

      n  
1    two people who regularly associate with each other or live together  
an engaged couple     
2    functioning as sing or pl   two people considered as a pair, for or as if for dancing, games, etc.  
3      (Chiefly hunting or coursing)  
a    a pair of collars joined by a leash, used to attach hounds to one another  
b    two hounds joined in this way  
c    the unit of reckoning for hounds in a pack  
twenty and a half couple     
4    a pair of equal and opposite parallel forces that have a tendency to produce rotation with a turning moment equal to the product of either force and the perpendicular distance between them  
5      (Physics)  
a    two dissimilar metals, alloys, or semiconductors in electrical contact, across which a voltage develops  
   See       thermocouple  
b      (Also called)    galvanic couple   two dissimilar metals or alloys in electrical contact that when immersed in an electrolyte act as the electrodes of an electrolytic cell  
6    a connector or link between two members, such as a tie connecting a pair of rafters in a roof  
7    a couple of   functioning as sing or pl  
a    a combination of two; a pair of  
a couple of men     
b    Informal   a small number of; a few  
a couple of days     
      pron  
8    usually preceded by: a; functioning as sing or pl   two; a pair  
give him a couple     
      vb  
9    tr   to connect (two things) together or to connect (one thing) to (another)  
to couple railway carriages     
10    tr   to do (two things) simultaneously or alternately  
he couples studying with teaching     
11    to form or be formed into a pair or pairs  
12    to associate, put, or connect together  
history is coupled with sociology     
13    to link (two circuits) by electromagnetic induction  
14    intr   to have sexual intercourse  
15    to join or be joined in marriage; marry  
16    tr   to attach (two hounds to each other)  
     (C13: from Old French: a pair, from Latin copula a bond; see copula)  


barge couple  
      n   either of a pair of outside rafters along the gable end of a roof  
voltaic couple  
      n     (Physics)   a pair of dissimilar metals in an electrolyte with a potential difference between the metals resulting from chemical action  
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n.
padlocks that couples lock on a bridge or fence among others to symbolise their love
adj.
term used for describing the lifestyle of married or unmarried long-term couples who don't live under the same roof
[Psych.] acronym: LAT. e.g LAT couples, LAT relationships

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