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tr.v. de·cou·pled, de·cou·pling, de·cou·ples
1. Electronics To reduce or eliminate the coupling of (one circuit or part to another).
2. Physics To decrease or eliminate airborne shock waves from (an explosion) by having it take place underground.
3. To separate or detach: "Bipeds have a potential advantage over quadrupeds in decoupling their breathing from their locomotion" (Craig Stanford).

de·cou′pler n.
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1. (General Engineering) the separation of previously linked systems so that they may operate independently
2. (Electronics) 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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The issue of "decoupling" has been a major concern for American and Chinese intellectuals in the past and now it seems it has become the policy agenda in the American political sphere that is being implemented.
Dynamic decoupling of a MIMO (Multiple Inputs and Multiple Outputs) system is a very difficult task to perform in practice.
Decoupling is understood as a choice when, in formally announcing adoption of a certain practice, managers choose not to internalize new regulations or rules within the practices of the firm (Meyer and Rowan, 1977).
Teixeira (the Lumry Family Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School) makes clear in "Unlocking the Customer Value Chain: How Decoupling Drives Consumer Disruption", the nature of competition has fundamentally changed.
Imagine decoupling to be like pulling into your garage after work.
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has found no indication that sabotage took place in the decoupling incident of the coaches of the Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT3) in November 16 last year.
The decoupling index is becoming increasingly popular for measuring the relationship between environment pressure and economic growth [34-38].
Therefore, it is necessary to develop decoupling control methods for complex multivariable systems, in particular, to realize high precision active adjustments of the reflecting panel of 5-meter deployable antennas.
Para o fenomeno no qual os ciclos de negocios de paises emergentes, como os do grupo BRICS, parecem estar independentes dos ciclos dos paises desenvolvidos, dado o nome de decoupling. Essencialmente, o parametro para estudo dessa relacao tem sido o desempenho da economia dos Estados Unidos.
They assured the public that though there was a gap in the coupler, this did not mean that it could have resulted in another train decoupling incident.