voltaic couple
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.] [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

I'll go in couples with her. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Adding one to one we have the complex idea of a couple. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

[Ziba] met him with a couple of asses saddled. --2 Sam. xvi. 1. [1913 Webster]

3. A male and female associated together; esp., a man and woman who are married or betrothed. [1913 Webster]

Such were our couple, man and wife. --Lloyd. [1913 Webster]

Fair couple linked in happy, nuptial league. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. (Arch.) See {Couple-close}. [1913 Webster]

5. (Elec.) One of the pairs of plates of two metals which compose a voltaic battery; -- called a {voltaic couple} or {galvanic couple}. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mech.) Two rotations, movements, etc., which are equal in amount but opposite in direction, and acting along parallel lines or around parallel axes. [1913 Webster]

Note: The effect of a couple of forces is to produce a rotation. A couple of rotations is equivalent to a motion of translation. [1913 Webster]


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  • Voltaic couple — Voltaic Vol*ta ic, a. [Cf. F. volta[ i]que, It. voltaico.] [1913 Webster] 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • voltaic couple — noun : a pair of substances usually but not necessarily metals capable of acting together as an electric source when dipped in an electrolyte * * * Elect. a pair of substances, as two different metals, that when placed in a proper solution… …   Useful english dictionary

  • voltaic couple — noun The pair of plates (made of different metals or other conductive materials), and separated by an electrolyte, which form a voltaic cell (in a battery, for example) …   Wiktionary

  • voltaic couple — /vɒlˌteɪɪk ˈkʌpəl/ (say vol.tayik kupuhl) noun (in a voltaic cell) the substances (commonly two metallic plates) in the dilute acid or other electrolyte, giving rise to the electric current …   Australian English dictionary

  • voltaic couple — Elect. a pair of substances, as two different metals, that when placed in a proper solution produces an electromotive force by chemical action. Also called galvanic couple. * * * …   Universalium

  • Voltaic — Vol*ta ic, a. [Cf. F. volta[ i]que, It. voltaico.] [1913 Webster] 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Voltaic arc — Voltaic Vol*ta ic, a. [Cf. F. volta[ i]que, It. voltaico.] [1913 Webster] 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Voltaic battery — Voltaic Vol*ta ic, a. [Cf. F. volta[ i]que, It. voltaico.] [1913 Webster] 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Voltaic circuit — Voltaic Vol*ta ic, a. [Cf. F. volta[ i]que, It. voltaico.] [1913 Webster] 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Voltaic electricity — Voltaic Vol*ta ic, a. [Cf. F. volta[ i]que, It. voltaico.] [1913 Webster] 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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