pair (plural pairs or pair)
- Two similar or identical things taken together; often followed by of.
2013 June 14, Jonathan Freedland, “Obama's once hip brand is now tainted”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 18:
- Where we once sent love letters in a sealed envelope, or stuck photographs of our children in a family album, now such private material is despatched to servers and clouds operated by people we don't know and will never meet. Perhaps we assume that our name, address and search preferences will be viewed by some unseen pair of corporate eyes, probably not human, and don't mind that much.
- I couldn't decide which of the pair of designer shirts I preferred, so I bought the pair.
- Two people in a relationship, partnership (especially sexual) or friendship.
- Spouses should make a great pair.
- Used with binary nouns (often in the plural to indicate multiple instances, since such nouns are plurale tantum)
- a pair of scissors; two pairs of spectacles; several pairs of jeans
- A couple of working animals attached to work together, as by a yoke.
- A pair is harder to drive than two mounts with separate riders.
- (card games) A poker hand that contains of two cards of identical rank, which cannot also count as a better hand.
- (cricket) A score of zero runs (a duck) in both innings of a two-innings match
- (baseball, informal) A double play, two outs recorded in one play
- They turned a pair to end the fifth.
- (baseball, informal) A doubleheader, two games played on the same day between the same teams
- The Pirates took a pair from the Phillies.
- (slang) A pair of breasts
- She's got a gorgeous pair.
- (Australia, politics) The exclusion of one member of a parliamentary party from a vote, if a member of the other party is absent for important personal reasons.
- Two members of opposite parties or opinion, as in a parliamentary body, who mutually agree not to vote on a given question, or on issues of a party nature during a specified time.
- There were two pairs on the final vote.
- (archaic) A number of things resembling one another, or belonging together; a set.
- Charles Dickens
- plunging myself into poverty and shabbiness and love in one room up three pair of stairs
- Beaumont and Fletcher
- Two crowns in my pocket, two pair of cards.
- Charles Dickens
- (kinematics) In a mechanism, two elements, or bodies, which are so applied to each other as to mutually constrain relative motion; named in accordance with the motion it permits, as in turning pair, sliding pair, twisting pair.
- two objects in a group: duo, dyad, couple, brace, twosome, duplet
- (pair of breasts): See also Wikisaurus:breasts
Terms derived from pair (noun, etym. 1)
two similar or identical things
two people in some relationship
used in the names of some objects having two identical/complementary halves
A couple of working animals attached to work together
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- (transitive) To group into sets of two.
- Alexander Pope
- Glossy jet is paired with shining white.
- The wedding guests were paired boy/girl and groom's party/bride's party.
- Alexander Pope
- (transitive) To bring two (animals, notably dogs) together for mating.
- (politics, slang) To engage (oneself) with another of opposite opinions not to vote on a particular question or class of questions.
- (intransitive) To suit; to fit, as a counterpart.
- My heart was made to fit and pair with thine.
- (computing) to form wireless connection between to devices
- If your computer has a built-in, non-Microsoft transceiver, you can pair the device directly to the computer by using your computer’s Bluetooth software configuration program but without using the Microsoft Bluetooth transceiver.
|Poker hands in English · poker hands (layout · text)|
|high card||pair||two pair||three of a kind||straight|
|flush||full house||four of a kind||straight flush||royal flush|
to group into sets of two
Conjugation of pair (third conjugation with -eix- infix)
- (of a number) even
pair m (plural pairs)
- pari m
- “pair” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).