decouple

[dee-kuhp-uhl]
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:
1595–1605; de- + couple

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

decoupling (diːˈkʌplɪŋ)
 
n
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

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Word Origin & History

decouple
c.1600, from Fr. découpler "to uncouple." Related: Decoupling (1931).
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Example sentences
By decoupling lighting and drawing, we're not locked into the lighting that can be done while drawing a polygon.
By decoupling, they can raise rates or charge a flat monthly fee.
Stock markets and corporate profits have been decoupling from employment for the last decades.
Remember, adaptation should show evidence of decoupling ancestry from phenotype.
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