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

  • transitive v. Electronics To reduce or eliminate the coupling of (one circuit or part to another).
  • transitive v. Physics To decrease or eliminate airborne shock waves from (an explosion) by having it take place underground.
  • transitive v. To separate or detach: "There's not the slightest possibility that America would be decoupled from Europe by the pursuit of this vital initiativeā€ ( Caspar W. Weinberger).

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  • v. to unlink; to take apart

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

  • v. regard as unconnected
  • v. disconnect or separate
  • v. reduce or eliminate the coupling of (one circuit or part to another)
  • v. eliminate airborne shock waves from (an explosive)


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  • Thus, while sound has been, and continues to be, understood as too material, not fully able to decouple from the realm of the material, fantasies of a disembodied voice increasingly defined the imagination for the castrato singer on the part of English listeners and readers.

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  • The team's key innovation was to find a way to completely disconnect - or "decouple" - interactions between the elements of their quantum circuit.

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  • "This is showing that the U.S. can decouple, which is good for us and it's good for them," Paul Zemsky, the New York-based head of asset allocation for ING Investment Management, said in a phone interview. -- Top News

  • Also, Virginia is legally able, if it wishes, to "decouple" itself from the federal ban on sales taxes on Internet sales, an action that would gain $157 million annually, plus provide more local revenue.

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  • The move would 'decouple' the two sets of provisions, Democrats said, and focus the debate when tax cuts for the rich expired next year or the year after.

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  • He wants to "decouple" the cuts for the upper-brackets from the middle-class cuts by extending the two sets of provisions for different periods of time.

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  • But Republicans have refused any effort to "decouple" the two categories, insisting on extending both for the same duration, in order to avoid having to push for extending just the tax cuts for the rich later.

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  • House Republican Whip Eric Cantor, meanwhile, said Republicans would refuse the White House proposal to "decouple" the rates in such a manner.

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  • The White House wants to "decouple" the upper-income cuts from cuts that benefit the middle class by extending them for different periods of time.

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