|1.||[ noun ] a connection (like a clamp or vise) between two things so they move together|
|Related terms:||connection match|
|2.||[ noun ] a mechanical device that serves to connect the ends of adjacent objects|
|Related terms:||mechanical_device clevis clutch swivel universal_joint fluid_drive couple|
|3.||[ noun ] (biology,sexuality) the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes|
|Synonyms:||mating union sexual_union conjugation pairing|
"the casual couplings of adolescents" "the mating of some species occurs only in the spring"
|Related terms:||sexual_activity inbreeding hybridization assortative_mating servicing disassortative_mating copulate conjugate|