• A couple preach to a crowd
    A couple preach to a crowd
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj coupled connected by a link, as railway cars or trailer trucks
    • adj coupled joined together especially in a pair or pairs
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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...

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
    • coupled United, as two things; joined; linked; specifically, in heraldry, same as conjoined.
    • coupled a pair of windows placed side by side, and so united as to form an architectural whole: a disposition usual in medieval architecture of widely different periods.
    • coupled As applied to quadrupeds, and particularly to horses, noting the distance between the shoulders and the hip-joint: as, well coupled, short coupled.
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  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “Several years before birth, advertise for a couple of parents belonging to long-lived families.”
  • Charles Dickens
    “It was a good thing to have a couple of thousand people all rigid and frozen together, in the palm of one's hand.”
  • Sally Poplin
    Sally Poplin
    “Some couples go over their budgets very carefully every month. Others just go over them.”
  • Bill Cosby
    “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
    “One fool at least in every married couple.”


In literature:

Isaaco, however, having formed an awning over the canoe with four sticks and a couple of cloaks, Park found himself better.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
The hunters were the first to return, loaded with the flesh of a couple of antelopes.
"Hendricks the Hunter" by W.H.G. Kingston
In a couple of minutes the whole of the mutineers were overpowered.
"From Powder Monkey to Admiral" by W.H.G. Kingston
I propose we carry a couple of muskets; we shall be sure to find something or other.
"The Three Admirals" by W.H.G. Kingston
On concluding the bargain, the agent presented the Captain with a couple of young tigers.
"Ben Burton" by W. H. G. Kingston
Now, boys, you'll be after handing me out a couple of shillings each.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
She was probably struck by a squall, with only a couple of hands left in her.
"Salt Water" by W. H. G. Kingston
Daylight had just broken, when, glancing over the ocean, I caught sight of a couple of vessels, which appeared to be standing in for the coast.
"The Wanderers" by W.H.G. Kingston
Then the ship went to India, and was there a couple of years, during which time he wrote occasionally.
"My First Voyage to Southern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
We had been standing on for a couple of hours or so, when I saw the master and mates looking out anxiously ahead.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston

In poetry:

And when the couple were married
The Stove gave the Shovel away;
And it seemed too bad that the Poker, poor lad,
Was the Tongs' best man on that day.
"Shovel And Tongs" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
A soldier is there to ‘Give her away’
And a couple of sailors too
And - if he is wanted - a baker’s man
So three cheers for Red, White and Blue.
"The Wedding That Never Was" by Billy Bennett
I hope a couple of birds will nest
Around the house. I’ll do my best
To make them happy, so every year
They’ll raise their brood of fledglings here.
"Vagabond's House" by Don Blanding
The clock in the steeple struck fourteen
The day that the wedding was fixed
The couple had gone on their honeymoon first
So - things had got a bit mixed.
"The Wedding That Never Was" by Billy Bennett
The groom and the bride took their wedding ride
Down a long white-seam to the shore,
And the guests all said there never was wed
So fair a couple before.
"The Needle and Thread" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Softly every night they come
To the picture show,
That old couple, deaf and dumb
In the second row;
Wistful watching, hand in hand,
Proud they understand.
"The Afflicted" by Robert W Service

In news:

Which is why one South Florida couple called Help me Howard with Patrick Fraser.
Organizers of an adult, prom-like dance are hoping to inspire couples and singles, 20 and over, to put on their dancing shoes for a June 9 semi-to-formal dance.
Failure Of Celebrity Couple To Appear In Santa Barbara Court Costly For Bail Bond Company.
The couple lives in Groton.
Corky Ballas was back at the KSAT studios to break down the final nine DWTS All-Star season couples.
We've been so busy pointing fingers at the people who caused the MLLA crisis here in Mammoth that we have hardly touched a couple of central questions.
And reports are rife that the couple's two-month-old marriage is already in trouble.
Ballet Based On Historic Ballroom Dance Couple Set To World Premiere In Santa Barbara.
Cost is $20 per couple, per class.
The couple were longtime Danville residents.
It's not often we get to see a reunion 40 years in the making, but that's just what took place in Anchorage a couple weeks ago.
Count Basie Orchestra that was in town a couple weeks ago.
Even the best-matched couples sometimes find moments when they sense that something's not quite right—only they can't say what.
Just a couple of years ago, production was derailed on "Skyfall," the 23rd movie in the series, while partner Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc plunged into bankruptcy MGM emerged in early 2011 with a hefty bankroll that allowed shooting to resume.
Couple remarries, setting an example for their children and other couples, divorced or married.

In science:

In other words, the strong coupling region of NCOS (OD1) theory must get mapped to the strong coupling region of OD1 (NCOS) theory or the weak coupling region of one theory must map to the weak coupling region of other theory.
On decoupled theories in (5+1) dimensions from (F,D1,NS5,D5) supergravity configuration
In this approach one identifies the strongest coupling of the system, say, J2 that couples spins 2 and 3, and the two neighboring spins that are coupled to this strongly coupled pair.
Thermodynamics of strongly disordered spin ladders
When the end spins of neighboring segments are coupled with weak antiferromagnetic coupling JAF , the block spins (originating from the ferromagnetic segments) interact with weak effective couplings.
Modified spin-wave study of random antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic spin chains
Not surprisingly, long segments In the RSRG approach,13 one starts with two strongly coupled segments and decimates the are weakly coupled. segments to a S ′ = |N1 − N2 |S spin, and renormalize its couplings with neighboring segments.
Modified spin-wave study of random antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic spin chains
In particular, this means that starting with the usual QCD coupling ¯αs (Q2 ) , by the operation R it is possible to define 3 the QCD effective coupling in the time–like Minkowskian region αM (s) = R[ ¯αs ](s) in terms of ¯αs (Q2 ) , a QCD invariant coupling initially introduced in the Euclidean domain.
On the Fourier transformation of Renormalization Invariant Coupling