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Meaning of PAIR

Pronunciation:  per

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a poker hand with 2 cards of the same value
  2. [n]  two people considered as a unit
  3. [n]  a set of two similar things considered as a unit
  4. [n]  two items of the same kind
  5. [v]  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"
  6. [v]  make love; "Birds mate in the Spring"
  7. [v]  arrange in pairs; "Pair these numbers"
  8. [v]  occur in pairs
  9. [v]  form a pair or pairs; "The two old friends paired off"

PAIR is a 4 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: brace, brace, copulate, couple, couple, couple, couplet, distich, doubleton, duad, duet, duo, dyad, geminate, match, mate, pair off, partner off, span, twain, twin, twosome, yoke
 See Also: 2, arrange, assemblage, bang, be intimate, bed, bonk, breed, bring together, bugger, conjoin, couple, cover, deflower, deuce, do it, duet, duo, eff, fuck, gathering, get it on, get laid, have a go at it, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, have sex, hump, II, jazz, join, know, lie with, love, make love, make out, mismatch, mismate, mount, nick, occur, poker hand, ride, ruin, screw, serve, service, set, set up, sleep with, sodomise, sodomize, tread, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, two, twosome, unify, unite



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pair\, n. [F. paire, LL. paria, L. paria, pl. of par pair,
    fr. par, adj., equal. Cf. {Apparel}, {Par} equality, {Peer}
    an equal.]
    1. 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.
    Note: [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.''
       --Dryden. ``The hapless pair.'' --Milton.
    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. [Parliamentary Cant]
    7. (Kinematics) In a mechanism, two elements, or bodies,
       which are so applied to each other as to mutually
       constrain relative motion.
    Note: 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 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.'' --Goldsmith. ``That great pair
       royal of adamantine sisters [the Fates].'' --Quarles.
       [Written corruptly {parial} and {prial}.]
    Syn: {Pair}, {Flight}, {Set}.
    Usage: 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.''
  2. \Pair\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Paired}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To be joined in paris; to couple; to mate, as for
    2. To suit; to fit, as a counterpart.
             My heart was made to fit and pair with thine.
    3. Same as {To pair off}. See phrase below.
    {To pair off}, to separate from a company in pairs or
       couples; specif. (Parliamentary Cant), to agree with one
       of the opposite party or opinion to abstain from voting on
       specified questions or issues. See {Pair}, n., 6.
  3. \Pair\, v. t.
    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. [Parliamentary Cant]
    {Paired fins}. (Zo["o]l.) See under {Fin}.
  4. \Pair\, v. t. [See {Impair}.]
    To impair. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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