(Cou"pa*ble) a. [F.] Culpable. [Obs.]
(||Cou`pé") n. [F., fr. coupé, p. p. of couper to cut. See Coppice.]
1. The front compartment of a French diligence; also, the front compartment (usually for three persons)
of a car or carriage on British railways.
2. A four-wheeled close carriage for two persons inside, with an outside seat for the driver; so called
because giving the appearance of a larger carriage cut off.
(Couped) a. [F. couper to cut.] (Her.) Cut off smoothly, as distinguished from erased; used
especially for the head or limb of an animal. See Erased.
(Cou*pee") n. [F. coupé, n., properly p. p. of couper to cut. Cf. Coupé, Coopee.] A motion in
dancing, when one leg is a little bent, and raised from the floor, and with the other a forward motion is
(||Coupe`-gorge") n. [F., cut throat.] (Mil.) Any position giving the enemy such advantage
that the troops occupying it must either surrender or be cut to pieces. Farrow.
(Cou"ple) 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.]
It is in some sort with friends as it is with dogs in couples; they should be of the same size and humor.
I'll go in couples with her.
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.
Adding one to one we have the complex idea of a couple.
[Ziba] met him with a couple of asses saddled.
2 Sam. xvi. 1.
3. A male and female associated together; esp., a man and woman who are married or betrothed.
Such were our couple, man and wife.
Fair couple linked in happy, nuptial league.
4. (Arch.) See Couple- close.
5. (Elec.) One of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery; called a voltaic
couple or galvanic couple.