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

  Voltaic \Vol*ta"ic\, a. [Cf. F. volta["i]que, It. voltaico.]
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     1. Of or pertaining to Alessandro Volta, who first devised
        apparatus for developing electric currents by chemical
        action, and established this branch of electric science;
        discovered by Volta; as, voltaic electricity.
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     2. Of or pertaining to voltaism, or voltaic electricity; as,
        voltaic induction; the voltaic arc.
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     Note: See the Note under Galvanism.
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     Voltaic arc, a luminous arc, of intense brilliancy, formed
        between carbon points as electrodes by the passage of a
        powerful voltaic current.
     Voltaic battery, an apparatus variously constructed,
        consisting of a series of plates or pieces of dissimilar
        metals, as copper and zinc, arranged in pairs, and
        subjected to the action of a saline or acid solution, by
        which a current of electricity is generated whenever the
        two poles, or ends of the series, are connected by a
        conductor; a galvanic battery. See Battery, 4.
        (b), and Note.
     Voltaic circuit. See under Circuit.
     Voltaic couple or Voltaic element, a single pair of the
        connected plates of a battery.
     Voltaic electricity. See the Note under Electricity.
     Voltaic pile, a kind of voltaic battery consisting of
        alternate disks of dissimilar metals, separated by
        moistened cloth or paper. See 5th Pile.
     Voltaic protection of metals, the protection of a metal
        exposed to the corrosive action of sea water, saline or
        acid liquids, or the like, by associating it with a metal
        which is positive to it, as when iron is galvanized, or
        coated with zinc.
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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.
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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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