Definition of Pair

1. Noun. A set of two similar things considered as a unit.

Exact synonyms: Brace
Specialized synonyms: Tweedledee And Tweedledum, Tweedledum And Tweedledee
Generic synonyms: Set

2. Verb. Form a pair or pairs. "The two old friends paired off"
Exact synonyms: Couple, Pair Off, Partner Off
Generic synonyms: Unify, Unite
Derivative terms: Couple, Pairing

3. Noun. Two items of the same kind.
Exact synonyms: Brace, Couple, Couplet, Distich, Duad, Duet, Duo, Dyad, Span, Twain, Twosome, Yoke
Terms within: Fellow, Mate
Generic synonyms: 2, Deuce, Ii, Two
Specialized synonyms: Doubleton
Derivative terms: Couple

4. Verb. Bring two objects, ideas, or people together. "The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
Exact synonyms: Couple, Match, Mate, Twin
Related verbs: Match
Specialized synonyms: Mismate, Mismatch
Generic synonyms: Bring Together, Join
Derivative terms: Couple, Coupling, Match, Match, Mate

5. Noun. Two people considered as a unit.
Generic synonyms: Assemblage, Gathering
Specialized synonyms: Couple, Duet, Duo, Twosome, Yoke

6. Verb. Occur in pairs.
Exact synonyms: Geminate
Related verbs: Geminate
Generic synonyms: Occur

7. Noun. A poker hand with 2 cards of the same value.
Generic synonyms: Poker Hand

8. Verb. Arrange in pairs. "Pair these numbers"
Exact synonyms: Geminate
Generic synonyms: Arrange, Set Up
Related verbs: Geminate

9. Verb. Engage in sexual intercourse. "Birds mate in the Spring"

Definition of Pair

1. n. A number of things resembling one another, or belonging together; a set; as, a pair or flight of stairs. "A pair of beads." Chaucer. Beau. & Fl. "Four pair of stairs." Macaulay. [Now mostly or quite disused, except as to stairs.]

2. v. i. To be joined in paris; to couple; to mate, as for breeding.

3. v. t. To unite in couples; to form a pair of; to bring together, as things which belong together, or which complement, or are adapted to one another.

4. v. t. To impair.

Definition of Pair

1. Noun. Two similar or identical things taken together; often followed by of. ¹

2. Noun. Two people in a relationship, partnership (especially sexual) or friendship. ¹

3. Noun. Used with binary nouns (often in the plural to indicate multiple instances, since such nouns are plurale tantum) ¹

4. Noun. A couple of working animals attached to work together, as by a yoke. ¹

5. Noun. (cards) A poker hand that contains of two cards of identical rank, which cannot also count as a better hand. ¹

6. Noun. (cricket) A score of zero runs (a duck) in both innings of a two-innings match ¹

7. Noun. (baseball informal) A double play, two outs recorded in one play ¹

8. Noun. (baseball informal) A doubleheader, two games played on the same day between the same teams ¹

9. Noun. (slang) A pair of breasts ¹

10. Noun. (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. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To group into sets of two. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To bring two (animals, notably dogs) together for mating. ¹

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Definition of Pair

1. to arrange in sets of two [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Pair

1. 1. To be joined in paris; to couple; to mate, as for breeding. 2. To suit; to fit, as a counterpart. "My heart was made to fit and pair with thine." (Rowe) 3. Same as To pair off. See phrase below. To pair off, to separate from a company in pairs or couples; specif., to agree with one of the opposite party or opinion to abstain from voting on specified questions or issues. See Pair. Origin: Paired; Pairing. 1. A number of things resembling one another, or belonging together; a set; as, a pair or flight of stairs. "A pair of beads." . "Four pair of stairs." . Origin: Now mostly or quite disused, except as to stairs] "Two crowns in my pocket, two pair of cards." (Beau. & Fl) 2. Two things of a kind, similar in form, suited to each other, and intended to be used together; as, a pair of gloves or stockings; a pair of shoes. 3. Two of a sort; a span; a yoke; a couple; a brace; as, a pair of horses; a pair of oxen. 4. A married couple; a man and wife. "A happy pair." . "The hapless pair." . 5. A single thing, composed of two pieces fitted to each other and used together; as, a pair of scissors; a pair of tongs; a pair of bellows. 6. 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; as, there were two pairs on the final vote. 7. In a mechanism, two elements, or bodies, which are so applied to each other as to mutually constrain relative motion. Pairs are named in accordance with the kind of motion they permit; thus, a journal and its bearing form a turning pair, a cylinder and its piston a sliding pair, a screw and its nut a twisting pair, etc. Any pair in which the constraining contact is along lines or at points only (as a cam and roller acting together), is designated a higher pair; any pair having constraining surfaces which fit each other (as a cylindrical pin and eye, a screw and its nut, etc), is called a lower pair. Pair royal (pl. Pairs Royal) three things of a sort; used especially of playing cards in some games, as cribbage; as three kings, three "eight spots" etc. Four of a kind are called a double pair royal. "Something in his face gave me as much pleasure as a pair royal of naturals in my own hand." . "That great pair royal of adamantine sisters [the Fates]" . [Written corruptly parial and prial. Synonym: Pair, Flight, Set. Originally, pair was not confined to two things, but was applied to any number of equal things (pares), that go together. Ben Jonson speaks of a pair (set) of chessmen; also, he and Lord Bacon speak of a pair (pack) of cards. A "pair of stairs" is still in popular use, as well as the later expression, "flight of stairs." Origin: F. Paire, LL. Paria, L. Paria, pl. Of par pair, fr. Par, adj, equal. Cf. Apparel, Par equality, Peer an equal. 1. To unite in couples; to form a pair of; to bring together, as things which belong together, or which complement, or are adapted to one another. "Glossy jet is paired with shining white." (Pope) 2. To engage (one's self) with another of opposite opinions not to vote on a particular question or class of questions. Paired fins. See Fin. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Pair

paints out
pair bond
pair creation
pair formation
pair of pants
pair of pincers
pair of pliers
pair of scissors
pair of specs
pair of spectacles
pair of stairs
pair of tongs

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