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{adj: Afrikaans, Afrikaner} belonging or relating to white people of South Africa whose ancestors were Dutch or to their language
"an Afrikaans couple"
"Afrikaner support"



{adj: a few, a couple of} more than one but indefinitely small in number
"a few roses"
"a couple of roses"

{adj: alert} very attentive or observant
"an alert and responsive baby is a joy"
"caught by a couple of alert cops"
"alert enough to spot the opportunity when it came"
"constantly alert and vigilant, like a sentinel on duty"
<-> unalert

{adj: compatible, well-matched} (of a couple) existing together harmoniously

{adj: indifferent} neither too great nor too little
"a couple of indifferent hills to climb"

{adj: sterile, unfertile, infertile} incapable of reproducing
"an infertile couple"
<-> fertile


{adv: best} in a most excellent way or manner
"he played best after a couple of martinis"

{n: Spenserian sonnet} a sonnet consisting of three quatrains and a concluding couplet in iambic pentameter with the rhyme pattern abab bcbd cdcd ee

{n: ballroom dancing, ballroom dance} any of a variety of social dances performed by couples in a ballroom

{n: bundling} a onetime custom during courtship of unmarried couples occupying the same bed without undressing

{n: country-dance, country dancing, contredanse, contra danse, contradance} a type of folk dance in which couples are arranged in sets or face one another in a line

{n: couple, mates, match} a pair of people who live together
"a married couple from Chicago"

{n: couplet} a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed

{n: couple} a small indefinite number
"he's coming for a couple of days"

{n: coupling, coupler} a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects

{n: custody battle} litigation to settle custody of the children of a divorced couple

{n: fight, fighting, combat, scrap} the act of fighting; any contest or struggle
"a fight broke out at the hockey game"
"there was fighting in the streets"
"the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"

{n: headquarters, HQ, military headquarters} the military installation from which a commander performs the functions of command
"the general's headquarters were a couple of large tents"

{n: heroic couplet} a couplet consisting of two rhymed lines of iambic pentameter and written in an elevated style

{n: heroic stanza} a quatrain consisting of two heroic couplets written in an elevated style; the rhyme scheme is abab

{n: legal separation, judicial separation} a judicial decree regulating the rights and responsibilities of a married couple living apart

{n: marriage, matrimony, union, spousal relationship, wedlock} the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)
"a long and happy marriage"
"God bless this union"

{n: menage a trois} household for three; an arrangement where a married couple and a lover of one of them live together while sharing sexual relations

{n: moment of a couple} given two equal and opposite forces, the product of the force and the distance between them

{n: pinning} a mutual promise of a couple not to date anyone else; on college campuses it was once signaled by the giving of a fraternity pin

{n: power couple} a couple both of whom have high-powered careers or are politically influential

{n: quadrille} a square dance of 5 or more figures for 4 or more couples

{n: report, account} the act of informing by verbal report
"he heard reports that they were causing trouble"
"by all accounts they were a happy couple"

{n: sigeh} a Shiite tradition of temporary marriage permitted in Iran that allows a couple to specify the terms of their relationship; can last from a few minutes to 99 years
"sigeh legally wraps premarital sex in an Islamic cloak"

{n: steering gear} a gear that couples the steering wheel to the steering linkage of a motor vehicle

{n: thermocouple, thermocouple junction} a kind of thermometer consisting of two wires of different metals that are joined at both ends; one junction is at the temperature to be measured and the other is held at a fixed lower temperature; the current generated in the circuit is proportional to the temperature difference

{n: thermopile} a kind of thermometer for measuring heat radiation; consists of several thermocouple junctions in series

{n: tickler coil} a small coil in series with the anode of a vacuum tube and coupled to the grid to provide feedback

{n: train, railroad train} public transport provided by a line of railway cars coupled together and drawn by a locomotive
"express trains don't stop at Princeton Junction"

{n: turbogenerator} generator consisting of a steam turbine coupled to an electric generator for the production of electric power

{v: clean out} deprive completely of money or goods
"The robbers cleaned us out in a couple of hours"

{v: cohabit, shack up} room or live together ; usually said of people who are not married and live together as a couple

{v: cut in} interrupt a dancing couple in order to take one of them as one's own partner
"Jim always cuts in!"

{v: decouple} reduce or eliminate the coupling of (one circuit or part to another)

{v: kiss, buss, osculate} touch with the lips or press the lips (against someone's mouth or other body part) as an expression of love, greeting, etc.
"The newly married couple kissed"
"She kissed her grandfather on the forehead when she entered the room"

{v: lose} suffer the loss of a person through death or removal
"She lost her husband in the war"
"The couple that wanted to adopt the child lost her when the biological parents claimed her"

{v: separate, part, split up, split, break, break up} discontinue an association or relation ; go different ways
"The business partners broke over a tax question"
"The couple separated after 25 years of marriage"
"My friend and I split up"


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