Meaning of couple

cou•ple

Pronunciation: (kup'ul), [key]
— n., v., -pled, -pling.
—n.
  1. two of the same sort considered together; pair.
  2. two persons considered as joined together, as a married or engaged pair, lovers, or dance partners: They make a handsome couple.
  3. any two persons considered together.
  4. a pair of equal, parallel forces acting in opposite directions and tending to produce rotation.
  5. Also calleda pair of rafters connected by a tie beam or collar beam.
  6. a leash for holding two hounds together.
  7. two hounds: 25 hounds or 1212 couple.
  8. more than two, but not many, of; a small number of; a few: It will take a couple of days for the package to get there.
—v.t.
  1. to fasten, link, or associate together in a pair or pairs.
  2. to join; connect.
  3. to unite in marriage or in sexual union.
    1. to join or associate by means of a coupler.
    2. to bring (two electric circuits or circuit components) close enough to permit an exchange of electromagnetic energy.
—v.i.
  1. to join in a pair; unite.
  2. to copulate.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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