verb (used with object), decoupled, decoupling.
to cause to become separated, disconnected, or divergent; uncouple.
to absorb the shock of (a nuclear explosion): a surrounding mass of earth and rock can decouple a nuclear blast.
Electronics. to loosen or eliminate the coupling of (a signal between two circuits).
verb (used without object), decoupled, decoupling.
to separate or diverge from an existing connection; uncouple.

1595–1605; de- + couple

decoupler, noun Unabridged
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decouple (ˌdiːˈkʌpəl)
(tr) to separate (joined or coupled subsystems) thereby enabling them to exist and operate separately

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, from Fr. découpler "to uncouple." Related: Decoupling (1931).
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Example sentences
It's time to decouple budget reform and the debt limit.
It will also decouple its cost from the cost of fossil fuels.
With such materials, you can decouple size from weight.
Once dark energy comes in, then destiny and geometry decouple.
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