• A couple preach to a crowd
    A couple preach to a crowd
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n coupling the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes "the casual couplings of adolescents","the mating of some species occurs only in the spring"
    • n coupling a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects
    • n coupling a connection (like a clamp or vise) between two things so they move together
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first couple to be shown on a sitcom sleeping in the same bed was "Mary Kay and Johnny."
    • Coupling (Mach) A device or contrivance which serves to couple or connect adjacent parts or objects; as, a belt coupling, which connects the ends of a belt; a car coupling, which connects the cars in a train; a shaft coupling, which connects the ends of shafts.
    • Coupling The act of bringing or coming together; connection; sexual union.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The hydra, which is related to the jellyfish, can grow its body back in a couple of days if it is cut in half
    • n coupling The act of uniting or joining.
    • n coupling The act of marrying.
    • n coupling The act of embracing sexually; copulation.
    • n coupling That which couples or connects, as rafters in a building.
    • n coupling Specifically— In music: A couplet. A couple.
    • n coupling The general name for a great variety of mechanical appliances for uniting parts of constructions or parts of machines, for the purpose of adding strength, of transmitting motion from one part to another, or of making a continuous passage, as for a liquid, a gas, or an electric current. A buckle. binding-screw, or fish-plate may illustrate the first: a clevis, a bell-coupling, shaft-coupling, or car-coupling, the second; a pipe-coupling or binding-post, the last. In a narrower sense a coupling is: A device for uniting the ends of shafting or a coupling-box. (See cut under coupling-box.) Such couplings are divided into two simple classes, those that are fixed permanently on the shafting and those that are adjustable, connected or not at will, or working automatically under variations of the power. Those operated by hand, whatever the particular application of the power, are called shifting couplings. The automatic couplings depend chiefly on friction, the adjustment being such that under a certain load the power is communicated, while a sudden addition to the load may exceed the friction and throw the coupling out of operation. A device for uniting two railroad-cars in a train. The form at one time used almost exclusively in the United States, and still retained for freight-cars, is a single link or shackle fitting into jaws at the ends of the draw-bar and held in position by pins. This has been superseded on passenger-cars by self-acting couplings, consisting usually of hooked jaws, which slide past each other and are self-locking by means of springs or their own weight. Levers are also used to operate the couplings from the car-platform. Also called coupler.
    • n coupling The part which unites the front and rear axles, or the axle-bolster, of a carriage; the perch or reach. In some carriages the bottom of the carriage forms the only coupling.
    • n coupling The space between the tops of the shoulder-blades and the tops of the hip-joints of a dog.
    • n coupling a kind of permanent coupling which consists of two disks keyed on the connected ends of the two shafts. In one of the disks there are two recesses, into which two corresponding projections on the other disk are received, and thus the two disks become locked together. This kind of coupling wants rigidity, and must be supported by a journal on each side, but it possesses the double advantage of being easily adjusted and disconnected.
    • n coupling a kind of permanent coupling in which the boss-ends of the connected shafts are made semi-cylindrical, so that they overlap each other. The coupling-box is a plain cylinder bored to fit, and is kept in its place by a parallel key or feather, as shown in the annexed figure.
    • n coupling a form of coupling belonging to the class of friction-couplings. It is represented in its best form in the annexed figure. On the shaft B is fixed a pulley, which is embraced by a friction-band a as tightly as may be required. This band is provided with projecting ears, with which the prongs b b of a fixed cross d on the driving-shaft A can be shifted into contact. This cross is free to slide endwise on its shaft, but is connected to it by a sunk feather, so that being thrown forward into gear with the ears of the friction-band, the shaft being in motion, the band slips round on its pulley until the friction becomes equal to the resistance, and the pulley gradually attains the same motion as the clutch. The arms and sockets c c, which are keyed fast on the shaft A, are intended to steady and support the prongs, and to remove the strain from the shifting part.
    • n coupling in mill-work, a kind of permanent coupling of which the coupling-box is made in halves and square, corresponding to the form of the two connected ends of the shafts. The two halves of the box are bolted together on the opposite sides, as represented in the annexed figure.
    • n coupling a kind of permanent coupling in which the coupling-box consists of a plain ring of metal, supposed to resemble a tailor's thimble, bored to fit the two connected ends of the shafts. The connection is secured either by pins passed through the ends of the shafts and the thimble, or by a parallel key or feather bedded in the boss-ends of the shafts, and let into a corresponding groove cut in the thimble. This last is now the more common mode of fitting. This kind of coupling is also known under the names of ring coupling and jump-coupling.
    • n coupling Same as pipe-coupling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the United States, more than 4.2 million couples live together that are not married
    • Coupling that which connects, an appliance for transmitting motion in machinery
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  • Sally Poplin
    Sally Poplin
    “Some couples go over their budgets very carefully every month. Others just go over them.”
  • Florence King
    “American couples have gone to such lengths to avoid the interference of in-laws that they have to pay marriage counselors to interfere between them.”
  • Arnold H. Glasgow
    Arnold H. Glasgow
    “Ideas not coupled with action never become bigger than the brain cells they occupied.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “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
    “That married couples can live together day after day is a miracle the Vatican has overlooked.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. cople—L. copula.


In literature:

They tried to, a couple of times, at first.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
Roboticians, machine-supervisors, programmers, a couple of engineers, a foreman.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper
Apron strings never aid engaged couples.
"The Good Housekeeping Marriage Book" by Various
After a time, the older couple left the room, the lawyer going into his study to work, as he always did in the evening.
"The Skylark of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
I can finish up this drawing in a couple of hours, and we can build the unit in a couple of days.
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
The canoe was again launched, and the hunters proceeded a couple of miles farther and had some more capital shooting.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
This added a couple more trains to the party.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
Bicycles, one or two motorcycles, and a couple of automobiles are occasionally to be seen.
"In Africa" by John T. McCutcheon
I should have liked you to stay with us a couple of years longer.
"Gil the Gunner" by George Manville Fenn
A couple of large Scotch deer hounds of a badger-like colour accompanied their master.
"Adventures in Australia" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

One was a lean and lanky man
Whose face spelt pimples —and failure ,
The other —was short —with a patch on his eye
—And a couple of wives in Australia!
"The Travellers aka Twas a Dark and Stormy Night! (with knobs on)" by T W Connor
The eager pack, from couples freed,
Dash through the bush, the brier, the brake;
While answering hound, and horn, and steed,
The mountain echoes startling wake.
"The Wild Huntsman" by Sir Walter Scott
When first our Creator the protoplasts made,
In Eden the couple he plac'd,
Where o'er the whole garden at pleasure they stray'd
And pluck'd ev'ry fruit to their taste.
"An Exhortation To Worship Our Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
" I guessed you'd be hungry!" the farmer said,
" So I've done the best I can do,
Here's a couple of nice roast —young spring chickens,
And I KILLED 'EM BOTH —for you!"
"The Travellers aka Twas a Dark and Stormy Night! (with knobs on)" by T W Connor
Down he sank in a chair—ran his hands through his hair—
And chanted in mimsiest tones
Words whose utter inanity proved his insanity,
While he rattled a couple of bones.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
He says this old pony has never been rode
And the man that gets on him is bound to be throwed
I gets all excited and I ask what he pays
To ride this old pony a couple of days.
"The Strawberry Roan" by Curley Fletcher

In news:

In the first hour of the two-part season finale airing Friday, the couple explore their options.
Can you guess this couple's favorite show.
Justin Sullivan, Getty ImagesAn Israeli couple recently named their newborn daughter "Like," as in, the button you press when you enjoy a post on the popular social media site Facebook.
An Israeli couple recently named their newborn daughter "Like," as in, the button you press when you enjoy a post on the popular social media site Facebook.
Then a couple of Prince George's County nerds have a job for you.
There are plenty of bars, a few strip clubs, a couple of rent houses for parties and just a few places that you can really get into trouble.
I tend to spend as much time in the morning getting ready than I do sneezing a couple of times.
A couple watches as the USS John C Stennis departs Sinclair Inlet.
The proposed bill would give same-sex couples new marriage and adoption rights.
The Patriots led most of the day and were even up 31-7 before the Broncos scored a couple of 4th quarter touchdowns.
A couple of years ago, artist and fledgling filmmaker Ben Wolfinsohn got a call from his friend at KXLU, Loyola Marymount University's student-run radio station in Los Angeles.
A gasket encompassed by the coupling housing forms a seal on the two pipe ends, and the key sections of the coupling housing engage the grooves .
Whether you're buying d.v.d.s that day, renting the movies online, or just the realization that the movies are a couple days closer to hitting the premium movie channels, knowing a couple more great titles are available is pretty cool.
A new study from Norway has found that the divorce rate between couples that share housework equally is significantly higher than between couples where the wife does the majority of housework .
All Northern Michigan University senior Matt Thurber wanted was a couple of goals and a couple of wins over his old team in his home state.

In science:

F , ˜P), we will show there is a good chance the paths will couple in two steps, and once coupled, they will remain coupled for another step with positive probability.
Intersection exponents for biased random walks on discrete cylinders
We define coupling C1 as the the coupling between the primary star radiation and stellar wind, which is described by k1 and α1 , and respectively coupling C2 constitutes the equivalent for the companion star.
3D modelling of the colliding winds in Eta Carinae - evidence for radiative inhibition
Coupled phase oscillators are obtained from general coupled limit-cycle oscillators by eliminating amplitude degrees of freedom in the weak coupling limit .
Diffusion-induced instability and chaos in random oscillator networks
This results in a nett reduction in the effective number of messenger flavours coupling to the SSM above the scale ΛISS , and this in turn prevents the Standard Model coupling running to strong coupling.
Gaugino versus Sfermion Masses in Gauge Mediation
The theory of the exciton-plasmon coupling we have developed here, being extended to include the inter-tube interaction, complements currently available ’weak-coupling’ theories of the exciton-plasmon interactions in low-dimensional nanostructures [38, 87] with the very important case of the strong coupling regime.
Strong exciton-plasmon coupling in semiconducting carbon nanotubes