copulation


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

cop·u·late

 (kŏp′yə-lāt′)
intr.v. cop·u·lat·ed, cop·u·lat·ing, cop·u·lates
1. To engage in sexual intercourse in which the penis is inserted into the vagina.
2. To transfer male reproductive cells from one individual to another, usually into an internal organ or cavity, such as a cloaca. Used of animals.
adj. (-lĭt)
Coupled; joined.

[Latin cōpulāre, cōpulāt-, to join together, from cōpula, link.]

cop′u·la′tion n.
cop′u·la·to′ry (-lə-tôr′ē) adj.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.copulation - the act of sexual procreation between a man and a womancopulation - the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice - activities associated with sexual intercourse; "they had sex in the back seat"
insemination - the introduction of semen into the genital tract of a female
nookie, nooky, piece of tail, roll in the hay, screwing, screw - slang for sexual intercourse
hank panky - illicit sexual intercourse
penetration - the act (by a man) of inserting his penis into the vagina of a woman
criminal congress, unlawful carnal knowledge - forbidden or tabu sexual intercourse between individuals
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

copulation

noun sexual intercourse, love, sex, lovemaking, the other (informal), coupling, congress, mating, intimacy, sex act, nookie (slang), coitus, carnal knowledge, rumpy-pumpy (slang), legover (slang), venery (archaic), coition Couples engaged in acts of copulation in full view of the public.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
Translations

copulation

[ˌkɒpjʊˈleɪʃən] Ncópula f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

copulation

[ˌkɒpjʊˈleɪʃən] ncopulation f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

copulation

nKopulation f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

copulation

[ˌkɒpjʊˈleɪʃn] ncopula, accoppiamento
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

cop·u·la·tion

n. copulación, relaciones sexuales.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in periodicals archive ?
Dr Orbach said: "In dolphins, the clitoris is positioned at the entrance of the vaginal opening and in direct contact with the penis during copulation, unlike the external position of the clitoris in humans.
In this study, the reproductive mode, male's mating capacity, influence of female's age and density on male's mating capacity, as well as the influence of copulation on female's longevity were investigated under the laboratory condition.
Copulation in most species is followed by internal fertilization, with the transfer of sperm to the female assisted by "nurse cells" (Fretter & Graham 1962, Borkowski 1971).
In this study we used an experimental neuropathy model to investigate whether NP affects reproductive parameters in mice by examining the number and maturity of oocytes and the copulation ratio.
adansoni sexual behavior, including display, copulation and egg-laying behaviors.
Cricket reproductive behavior includes female attraction by means of the calling song and sexual recognition by antennation (Hardy and Shaw 1983, Balakrishnan and Pollack 1997), which triggers courtship and copulation (Alexander 1966, Alexander and Otte 1967, Alexander 1975, Otte and Cade 1976, Otte 1992, Kortet and Hedrick 2005).
copulation, he received an invitation from an anonymous dignitary.
Although you did not state if you are married or in a relationship, some cases of Oligospermia can still go on to have children if copulation with their spouses take place during their partner's fertile period.
In September, a high school teacher in California was arrested and charged with unlawful sex and oral copulation with a minor.
Although warning against champagne and copulation, Dr de Caestecker says:"We want women to enjoy the festive period and hope those trying to conceive get the Christmas present they are hoping for.
Reproduction increases an individual's fitness directly; however, the act of copulation can incur fitness costs.