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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A unit of verse consisting of two successive lines, usually rhyming and having the same meter and often forming a complete thought or syntactic unit.
  • n. Two similar things; a pair.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A pair of lines with rhyming end words.
  • n. A pair of one-way streets which carry opposing directions of traffic through gridded urban areas.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Two taken together; a pair or couple; especially two lines of verse that rhyme with each other.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In prosody, two lines in immediate succession, usually but not necessarily of the same length, forming a pair, and generally marked as such by riming with each other.
  • n. In music, two equal notes inserted in the midst of triple rhythm to occupy the time of three; a temporary displacement of triple by duple rhythm.
  • n. One of a pair, as of twins; a twin.
  • n. In Gothic arch., a double window; one having two lights only and these of the same size and style.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed
  • n. two items of the same kind

Etymologies

French, from Old French, diminutive of couple, couple; see couple.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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