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Definitions of pair

  1. a set of two similar things considered as a unit
  2. make love; " Birds mate in the Spring"
  3. bring two objects, ideas, or people together; " This fact is coupled to the other one"; " Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"; " The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project"
  4. arrange in pairs; " Pair these numbers"
  5. occur in pairs
  6. a poker hand with 2 cards of the same value
  7. two people considered as a unit
  8. To impair.
  9. A union of two conductors, as bars or wires of dissimilar metals joined at their extremities, for producing a thermoelectric current.
  10. 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. & amp; Fl. " Four pair of stairs." Macaulay. [ Now mostly or quite disused, except as to stairs.]
  11. Two of a sort; a span; a yoke; a couple; a brace; as, a pair of horses; a pair of oxen.
  12. A married couple; a man and wife.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. In a mechanism, two elements, or bodies, which are so applied to each other as to mutually constrain relative motion.
  16. To suit; to fit, as a counterpart.
  17. Same as To pair off. See phrase below.
  18. 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.
  19. To engage ( one's self) with another of opposite opinions not to vote on a particular question or class of questions.
  20. 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.]
  21. Two things of a kind, similar in form and used together; as, a pair of shoes; a single thing composed of two like parts; as, a pair of spectacles; a married couple; a couple or brace; as, a pair of ducks.
  22. To join in couples; to mate.
  23. To come together in couples; as, to pair off in a dance; to match; suit each other.
  24. Two things equal, or suited to each other, or used together: a couple: a man and his wife.
  25. To join in couples.
  26. To be joined in couples: to fit as a counterpart.
  27. To be joined in couples; match.
  28. Two things suited, or used together; a couple; man and wife.
  29. To mate; match.
  30. Two persons or things of a kind associated; a couple; brace.
  31. A single thing having two like or corresponding parts.
  32. Two things of a kind, similar in form, suited to each other, and used together; a couple; a man and his wife.
  33. To unite in couples.
  34. To be joined in pairs; to fit as corresponding.
  35. Two of a sort; a couple; a man and his wife.
  36. To couple; to suit; to assort together in twos, as being similar or adapted to each other; to unite in couples.
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Usage examples for pair

  1. Jeanne felt herself suddenly lifted in a pair of strong arms. – Jeanne of the Marshes by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. What is the truth about this pair? – Prose Fancies by Richard Le Gallienne
  3. When he asked for a change of clothing, the cast- off suit of a soldier and a pair of old boots were sent him. – The Freedmen's Book by Lydia Maria Child
  4. " I'll tell you now," said Nan, smiling at the pair. – Patty's Success by Carolyn Wells
  5. But you seem to have a very good pair of your own. – The Lilac Girl by Ralph Henry Barbour
  6. Strong pair of arms. – Ulysses by James Joyce
  7. Mine's a good 'oss, but what is he against a pair and a light brougham? – Mysterious Mr. Sabin by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  8. Oh, I've always wanted a pair! – Daddy Takes Us Skating by Howard R. Garis
  9. Two pair of lips, at least, met and stayed together. – Little Novels of Italy Madonna Of The Peach-Tree, Ippolita In The Hills, The Duchess Of Nona, Messer Cino And The Live Coal, The Judgment Of Borso by Maurice Henry Hewlett
  10. Don't go yet, you two, she added as the pair prepared to rush to meet him. – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  11. She seemed under a delicious spell, but soon became conscious that a pair of dark eyes were looking down eagerly, anxiously for her answer. – Taken Alive by E. P. Roe
  12. " So, Will, you've come back in a carriage and pair," said she. – Europa's Fairy Book by Joseph Jacobs
  13. George stood aside and let the elder pair pass him. – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett
  14. Everyone said MacAllister would be sure to go into politics, but Charles Stuart, remembering the wistful look in a beautiful pair of eyes away back in the old home valley, would never say what would be his calling. – 'Lizbeth of the Dale by Marian Keith
  15. " They make a charming pair," she murmured. – A Damsel in Distress by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  16. I discover but one pair here. – Wake-Robin by John Burroughs
  17. What we need is a pair like us but better. – The Galaxy Primes by Edward Elmer Smith
  18. I'm trying a pair, and see a great deal better through them than I expected to. – At Fault by Kate Chopin
  19. " You're a pair of ridiculous children," laughed the Duke. – Patricia Brent, Spinster by Herbert Jenkins
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