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 for coupling
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Couple \Cou"ple\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Coupled (k[u^]p"'ld); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Coupling (k[u^]p"l[i^]ng).] [F. coupler, fr.
     L. copulare. See Couple, n., and cf. Copulate, Cobble,
     v.]
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     1. To link or tie, as one thing to another; to connect or
        fasten together; to join.
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              Huntsman, I charge thee, tender well my hounds, . .
              .
              And couple Clowder with the deep-mouthed brach.
                                                    --Shak.
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     2. To join in wedlock; to marry. [Colloq.]
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              A parson who couples all our beggars. --Swift.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Coupling \Coup"ling\ (-l?ng), n.
     1. The act of bringing or coming together; connection; sexual
        union.
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     2. (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.
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     Box coupling, Chain coupling. See under Box, Chain.
  
     Coupling box, a coupling shaped like a journal box, for
        clamping together the ends of two shafts, so that they may
        revolve together.
  
     Coupling pin, a pin or bolt used in coupling or joining
        together railroad cars, etc.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  coupling
      n 1: a connection (like a clamp or vise) between two things so
           they move together [syn: yoke, coupling]
      2: a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of
         adjacent objects [syn: coupling, coupler]
      3: 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" [syn: coupling,
         mating, pairing, conjugation, union, sexual union]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  85 Moby Thesaurus words for "coupling":
     agglomeration, agglutination, aggregation, ankle, articulation,
     bond, boundary, bracketing, butt, cervix, clinch, closure,
     clustering, combination, communication, concatenation, concourse,
     concurrence, confluence, congeries, conglomeration, conjugation,
     conjunction, connecting link, connecting rod, connection,
     convergence, copulation, dovetail, elbow, embrace, gathering,
     gliding joint, hinge, hinged joint, hip, hookup,
     intercommunication, intercourse, interface, interlinking, join,
     joinder, joining, joint, jointure, junction, juncture, knee,
     knotting, knuckle, liaison, link, linkage, linking, marriage,
     meeting, merger, merging, miter, mortise, neck, pairing, pivot,
     pivot joint, rabbet, scarf, seam, shoulder, splice, stitch, suture,
     symbiosis, symphysis, tie, tie rod, tie-in, tie-up, toggle,
     toggle joint, unification, union, weld, wrist, yoking
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018) :

  coupling
  
      The degree to which components depend
     on one another.  There are two types of coupling, "tight" and
     "loose".  Loose coupling is desirable for good software
     engineering but tight coupling may be necessary for maximum
     performance.  Coupling is increased when the data exchanged
     between components becomes larger or more complex.
  
     (1996-08-01)
  

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