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decouple

[dee-kuhp-uh l] /diˈkʌp əl/
verb (used with object), decoupled, decoupling.
1.
to cause to become separated, disconnected, or divergent; uncouple.
2.
to absorb the shock of (a nuclear explosion):
a surrounding mass of earth and rock can decouple a nuclear blast.
3.
Electronics. to loosen or eliminate the coupling of (a signal between two circuits).
verb (used without object), decoupled, decoupling.
4.
to separate or diverge from an existing connection; uncouple.
Origin of decouple
1595-1605
1595-1605; de- + couple
Related forms
decoupler, noun
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decoupling

/diːˈkʌplɪŋ/
noun
1.
the separation of previously linked systems so that they may operate independently
2.
(electronics) the reduction or avoidance of undesired distortion or oscillations in a circuit, caused by unwanted common coupling between two or more circuits

decouple

/ˌdiːˈkʌpəl/
verb
1.
(transitive) to separate (joined or coupled subsystems) thereby enabling them to exist and operate separately
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decouple

v.

c.1600, from French découpler "to uncouple," from de- (see de-) + coupler (Old French copler; see couple (v.)). Related: Decoupled; decoupling.

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