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couples (physics)

couples is a plural form of couple

couple (physics)

Definition:

something joined by 2 equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines

Class:

object noun (natural, not man-made, objects)

Plural:

couples

Type of:

unit » thing » physical entity » entity

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Old French cople "married couple, lovers" (12th century, Mod.French couple),...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of couples...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

couple | a couple of [sense-specific] | thermocouple [synonym, sense-specific] | galvanic couple [synonym, sense-specific] | two [synonym, sense-specific] | marry [synonym, sense-specific]

two people who regularly associate with each other or live together | [functioning as singular or plural] two people considered as a pair, for or as ... (25 of 754 words, 19 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/couple

American Heritage Dictionary:

couple | coupled [past tense] | coupling [present participle] | couples [3rd-person singular present]

Two items of the same kind; a pair. | Something that joins or connects two things together; a link. | [singular, plural]) ; Two people united, as by ... (26 of 439 words, 14 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/couple

Oxford Dictionary:

couple | couples | couple up | coupledom [derived]

two people or things of the same sort considered together | a pair of partners in a dance or game. | a pair of hunting dogs. | ("couples") : two ... (27 of 303 words, 13 definitions, 12 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/couple

Wiktionary:

couple | couples [plural] | coupled [past tense] | coupling [present participle] | brace [synonym, sense-specific] | pair [synonym, sense-specific] | few [synonym, sense-specific] | handful [synonym, sense-specific]

Two partners in a romantic or sexual relationship. | Two of the same kind connected or considered together. | [informal] A small number. | One of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery, called a voltaic couple or galvanic ... (41 of 289 words, 9 definitions, 13 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/couple

Merriam-Webster:

couple [entry 1, noun] | pair [synonym, sense-specific] | few [synonym, sense-specific] | brace [synonym, sense-specific] | handful [synonym, sense-specific] | scatter [synonym, sense-specific] | scattering [synonym, sense-specific] | smatter [synonym, sense-specific] | smattering [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

two persons married, engaged, or otherwise romantically paired ; two persons paired together | "pair", "brace" | something that joins or links two ... (21 of 222 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/couple

couple [entry 2, verb] | coupled [past tense] | coupling [present participle] | join [synonym, sense-specific] | link [synonym, sense-specific] | associate [synonym, sense-specific] | coalesce [synonym, sense-specific] | combine [synonym, sense-specific] | conjoin [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to connect for consideration together ; to join for combined effect | to fasten together; "link" ; to bring (two electric circuits) into such close ... (24 of 188 words, 6 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/couple show=1

couple [entry 3, adjective] | two [synonym] | few [synonym]

"two" ; also, "few" [used with "a"] (7 of 132 words, 7 usage examples)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/couple show=2

Random House Dictionary:

couple | coupled [past tense] | coupling [present participle] | a couple of [sense-specific] | couple-close [synonym, sense-specific]

two of the same sort considered together; pair. | two persons considered as joined together, as a married or engaged pair, lovers, or dance partners. ... (24 of 194 words, 14 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/couple

New World Dictionary:

couple | coupled [past tense] | coupling [present participle]

anything joining two things together; bond; link | two things or persons of the same sort that are somehow associated | two people, especially a man ... (24 of 168 words, 11 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/couple

Macmillan British Dictionary:

couple | couples [plural]

[singular, informal] two things or people of the same type ; [United States] a small number of things or people | [countable] two people who are ... (25 of 136 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/couple

couple [verb] | coupled [past tense] | coupling [present participle] | couples [3rd-person singular present]

[transitive, passive] if one thing is coupled with another, they are combined and produce a particular effect | [transitive, passive] if one vehicle ... (22 of 125 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/couple 17

Britannica Encyclopedia:

couple [physics]

in mechanics, pair of equal parallel forces that are opposite in direction. The only effect of a couple is to produce or prevent the turning of a ... (27 of 117 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/140468​/couple

Cambridge Dictionary:

couple [entry 1, singular]

two or a few things that are similar or the same, or two or a few people who are in some way connected (23 of 114 words, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/couple 1

couple [entry 2]

two people who are married or in a romantic or sexual relationship, or two people who are together for a particular purpose (22 of 63 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/couple 2

couple [entry 3]

to join or combine (4 of 40 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/couple 3

couple [entry 4, formal]

When two people or two animals couple, they have sex. (10 of 21 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/couple 4

Wikipedia:

Couple [disambiguation]

may refer to: Two items of a type. Two members of a band. | Couple (mechanics), a system of forces with a resultant moment but no resultant force | Thermocouple, a type of temperature sensor | Coupling (disambiguation) | Coupler (disambiguation) (37 of 91 words, 5 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Couple

Encarta Dictionary:

couple | couples [plural] | coupled [past tense] | coupling [present participle]

two things of the same kind that are together or are considered as a pair | a few things of the same kind | two people who are married, are living ... (29 of 450 words, 12 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861600851​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

couple

First use: late 13th century

Origin: Old French cople "married couple, lovers" (12th century, Mod.French couple), from Latin copula "tie, connection", from ... (19 of 45 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=couple

New World Dictionary:

couple | coupled [past tense] | coupling [present participle]

Origin: Middle English from Old French cople from Latin copula, a band, link: see "copula" | Middle English couplen from Old French ... (20 of 26 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/couple

Oxford Dictionary:

couple | couples | couple up

Origin: Middle English: from Old French cople (noun), copler (verb), from Latin copula (noun), copulare (verb), from co- ... (17 of 25 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/couple

Collins Dictionary:

couple

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French: a pair, from Latin cōpula a bond; see copula

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/couple

American Heritage Dictionary:

couple | coupled [past tense] | coupling [present participle] | couples [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cōpula, bond, pair.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/couple

Wiktionary:

couple | couples [plural] | coupled [past tense] | coupling [present participle]

Origin: Old French couple, from Latin copula.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/couple

Merriam-Webster:

couple [entry 1, noun]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, pair, bond, from Anglo-French cuple, from Latin copula bond, from co- + apere to fasten

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/couple

Encarta Dictionary:

couple | couples [plural] | coupled [past tense] | coupling [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: French from Latin copula "link"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861600851​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

couple | couples [plural] | coupled [past tense] | coupling [present participle]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "couple"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/couple

Wikipedia:

Couple [disambiguation]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Couple"

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Couple

Collins Dictionary:

couple

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "couple"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/couple

Macmillan American Dictionary:

couple | couples [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "couple"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/couple

couple [verb] | coupled [past tense] | coupling [present participle] | couples [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "couple"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/couple 18

Macmillan British Dictionary:

couple | couples [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "couple"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/couple

couple [verb] | coupled [past tense] | coupling [present participle] | couples [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "couple"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/couple 17

Cambridge Dictionary:

couple [entry 1, singular]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "couple"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "couple"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/couple 1

the Free Dictionary:

couple

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "couple"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "couple"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "couple" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/couple

Google Dictionary:

couple | couples [plural] | coupled [past tense] | coupling [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "couple"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

couple

Audio: North American pronunciation of "couple"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=couple​01 word=couple

YourDictionary Audio:

couple

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "couple" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/couple

freedictionary.org:

Couple

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Couple" by speech synthesizer

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