Cou"ple, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Coupled (k?p"'ld); p. pr. & vb.
n. Coupling (-l?ng).] [F. coupler, fr. L.
copulare. See Couple, n., and cf.
Copulate, Cobble, v.]
1. 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.
2. To join in wedlock; to marry.
A parson who couples all our beggars.
Cou"ple (k?p"'l), n. [F.
couple, fr. L. copula a bond, band; co- +
apere, aptum, to join. See Art,
a., and cf. Copula.] 1.
That which joins or links two things together; a bond or
tie; a coupler. [Obs.]
It is in some sort with friends as it is with dogs
in couples; they should be of the same size and
I'll go in couples with her.
2. Two of the same kind connected or
considered together; a pair; a brace. "A couple of
shepherds." Sir P. Sidney. "A couple of drops"
Addison. "A couple of miles." Dickens. "A
couple of weeks." Carlyle.
Adding one to one we have the complex idea of a
[Ziba] met him with a couple of asses
2 Sam. xvi. 1.
3. 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
4. (Arch.) See Couple-
5. (Elec.) One of the pairs of
plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery; -- called a
voltaic couple or galvanic couple.
6. (Mech.) Two rotations,
movements, etc., which are equal in amount but opposite in
direction, and acting along parallel lines or around parallel
☞ The effect of a couple of forces is to produce a
rotation. A couple of rotations is equivalent to a motion
Cou"ple, v. i. To come
together as male and female; to copulate. [Obs.]