something that connects or links together; specif.,
- Gram. linking verb
- Logic the connecting link between the subject and predicate of a proposition
Origin of copulaL, a band, link (earlier an unverified form co-apula) from co-, together + apere, to join: see apt
- A verb, such as a form of be or seem, that identifies the predicate of a sentence with the subject. Also called linking verb .
- Logic The word or set of words that serves as a link between the subject and predicate of a proposition.
Origin of copulaLatin cōpula link
(plural copulas or copulae)
- (grammar) A word used to link the subject of a sentence with a predicate (usually a subject complement or an adverbial); it serves to unite (associate) the subject with the predicate. (e.g. be).
- (statistics) A function that represents the association between two or more variables, independent of the individual marginal distributions of the variables.
- (music) A device that connects two or more keyboards of an organ
OriginSee also: cópula
Borrowed from Latin copula (“bond, tie”). See there for details.