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

  Couple \Cou"ple\ (k[u^]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.]
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              It is in some sort with friends as it is with dogs
              in couples; they should be of the same size and
              humor.                                --L'Estrange.
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              I'll go in couples with her.          --Shak.
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     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.
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              Adding one to one we have the complex idea of a
              couple.                               --Locke.
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              [Ziba] met him with a couple of asses saddled. --2
                                                    Sam. xvi. 1.
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     3. A male and female associated together; esp., a man and
        woman who are married or betrothed.
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              Such were our couple, man and wife.   --Lloyd.
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              Fair couple linked in happy, nuptial league.
                                                    --Milton.
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     4. (Arch.) See Couple-close.
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     5. (Elec.) One of the pairs of plates of two metals which
        compose a voltaic battery; -- called a voltaic couple or
        galvanic couple.
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     6. (Mech.) Two rotations, movements, etc., which are equal in
        amount but opposite in direction, and acting along
        parallel lines or around parallel axes.
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     Note: The effect of a couple of forces is to produce a
           rotation. A couple of rotations is equivalent to a
           motion of translation.
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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 :

  Couple \Cou"ple\, v. i.
     To come together as male and female; to copulate. [Obs.]
     --Milton. Bacon.
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