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definitions - pair

pair (n.)

1.a poker hand with 2 cards of the same value

2.two people considered as a unit

3.a set of two similar things considered as a unit

4.two items of the same kind

pair (v. trans.)

1.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"

2.engage in sexual intercourse"Birds mate in the Spring"

3.arrange in pairs"Pair these numbers"

4.occur in pairs

5.form a pair or pairs"The two old friends paired off"

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PairPair (pâr), 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. [Now mostly or quite disused.]

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 pants; 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 (in order, for example, to allow the members to be absent during the vote without affecting the outcome of the vote), or on issues of a party nature during a specified time; as, there were two pairs on the final vote. [Parliamentary Cant] A member who is thus paired with one who would have voted oppositely is said to be paired for or paired against a measure, depending on the member's position.

7. (Kinematics) 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.” Goldsmith. “That great pair royal of adamantine sisters [the Fates].” Quarles. [Written corruptly parial and prial.]

Syn. -- 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.”

PairPair, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Paired (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Pairing.]
1. To be joined in pairs; 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 group 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.

PairPair, 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. (Zoöl.) See under Fin.

PairPair, v. t. [See Impair.] To impair. [Obs.] Spenser.

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pair (n.) [cheval]


deal, hand[Hyper.]

poker hand[Hyper.]

pair (n.)


excès de plaisirs sexuels (fr)[Classe]

sexual act; sexual intercourse; sex act; copulation; coitus; coition; sexual congress; sexual relation; carnal knowledge; coupling; mating; pairing; conjugation; union; sexual union[ClasseHyper.]

sexual act; sexual intercourse; sex act; copulation; coitus; coition; sexual congress; sexual relation; carnal knowledge[ClasseHyper.]







connect, link, link up, tie - sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexuality, sexual practice - assemblage, gathering - family, family unit, household, relation, relative - animal, animate being, beast, brute, creature, fauna - domestic partner, significant other, spousal equivalent, spouse equivalent - blood relation, kinsman, kinswoman, member of the family, relation, relative[Hyper.]

household, man and wife, marriage, married couple[membre]

connection, connexion, coupling, hitching, joining, junction - conjunctive - copulate, couple, mate, pair - coital, copulatory - conjugate - couple, match, mate, pair, twin - couple, pair, pair off, partner off - match - spousal[Dérivé]

bang, bed, be intimate, bone, bonk, do it, eff, engage in coitus, fuck, get it on, get laid, get off, go to bed with, have a go at it, have intercourse, have it away, have it off, have sex, have sexual intercourse, hump, jazz, know, lie with, love, make love, make out, roll in the hay, screw, sex, sleep together, sleep with - copulate, fornicate - accoupler (fr)[Nominalisation]

carnal knowledge, coition, coitus, congress, copulation, fornication, intercourse, relation, screwing, sex, sex act, sexual act, sexual congress, sexual intercourse, sexual relation, union of the flesh[Rel.App.]

disjoin, disjoint[Ant.]



pair (v. tr.)




The word pair, derived via the French words pair/paire from the Latin par 'equal', can refer to:

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