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Pair

Pair appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Swap for a pair of paws?
  • "Now or never?" I ape now, "one pair even row on!"
  • Nurse, I tire: venal, priapic, in a panic, I pair plane verities… run!
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun pair:

yokecoupletduetbraceduospanpaircouple

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb pair:

copulatetwinpairmatecouplematch

Pair is sometimes a misspelling of pear or prior.

The word pair is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun pair

What does pair mean as a name of something?

Pair is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: pairs

  1. a set of two similar things considered as a unit
  2. two items of the same kind
  3. two people considered as a unit
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic words: assemblage / gathering = a group of persons together in one place
    • more specific words:
  4. a poker hand with 2 cards of the same value
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic term: poker hand = the 5 cards held in a game of poker

Alternative definition of the noun pair

noun

  1. Two similar or identical things taken together; often followed by of.
  2. Two people in a relationship, partnership (especially sexual) or friendship.
    • Used with binary nouns (often in the plural to indicate multiple instances, since such nouns are plurale tantum)
    • A couple of working animals attached to work together, as by a yoke.
    • [cards] 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
    • [baseball, informal] A doubleheader, two games played on the same day between the same teams
    • [slang] A pair of breasts
    • [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.

    Specialised definition of the noun pair

    Glossary of sports / cricket

    two ducks in the same match; compare king pair (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

    Glossary of sports / golf

    two golfers who are playing together in stroke competition

    Glossary of sports / rowing

    a two-oared racing boat (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

    a sweep-oar boat for two rowers. There is competition for pairs with coxswain and pairs without coxswain

    Glossary of sports / tennis

    a doubles team

    Definition of the verb pair

    What does pair mean as a doing word?

    verb - inflections: paired | pairing | pairs

    1. form a pair or pairs
      • example: The two old friends paired off
      • syntax:
        Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
        [Agent - being or abstract] [Verb] [Patient, plural]Herman connected the computers | The merger associated the two companies
        [Agent - being or abstract] [Verb] [Patient 1] with [Patient 2]The merger associated company A with company B
        [Patient, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs mix well | The pieces interconnect easily | These computers connected well
        [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] with [Patient 2]Folk songs alternate well with pop songs
        [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] with [Patient 2]Company A associated with Company B

        Verbs of Combining (with the same syntax): affiliate, associate, compare, confederate, confuse, conjoin, entangle, identity, incorporate, integrate, muddle, team, total.

      • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
      • synonyms of pair: couple / pair off / partner off
      • more generic words: unify / unite = act in concert or unite in a common purpose or belief
    2. bring two objects, ideas, or people together
      • example: The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project
      • syntax:
        Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
        [Agent - being or abstract] [Verb] [Patient, plural]Herman connected the computers | The merger associated the two companiesVerbs of Combining: affiliate, associate, compare, confederate, confuse, conjoin, entangle, identity, incorporate, integrate, muddle, team, total
        [Agent - being or abstract] [Verb] [Patient 1] with [Patient 2]The merger associated company A with company B
        [Patient, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs mix well | The pieces interconnect easily | These computers connected well
        [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] with [Patient 2]Folk songs alternate well with pop songs
        [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] with [Patient 2]Company A associated with Company B
        [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, plural]Herman connected the computers | The merger associated the two companiesVerbs of Combining: connect, join, link, network, pool, unite
        [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, plural] togetherHerman connected the computers together | Herman gathered the students together
        [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient 1] with / into / to [Patient 2]Herman added a computer to the network
        [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb]John and Mary are engaged | Our computers connected | Plays and ballets alternate
        [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs mix well | The pieces interconnect easily | These computers connected well
        [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb] togetherThese computers connected well together
        [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] togetherOur computers connected together
        [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] with / into / to [Patient 2]Eggs mix well with cream | This computer will connect well to the network
        [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] with / into / to [Patient 2]My computer connected to his computer
        [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient, plural] togetherHerman connected the computers together | Herman gathered the students togetherVerbs of Combining and Attaching: band, baste, cluster, collate, collect, gather, group, herd, jumble, roll, sew, shake, shuffle, stick
        [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Patient 1] with / into / to [Patient 2]Herman gathered students into group2
        [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs whisk easily | Most labels tape easily
        [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb] togetherSugar and cream whip together easily
        [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] with / into / to [Patient 2]Sugar whips into cream easily
      • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
      • synonyms of pair: couple / match / mate / twin
      • more generic word: join = cause to become joined or linked
      • more specific words:
    3. occur in pairs
      • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
      • synonym of pair: geminate
      • more generic word: occur = to be found to exist
    4. arrange in pairs
      • example: Pair these numbers
      • syntax:
        Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
        [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, plural]Herman connected the computers | The merger associated the two companies
        [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, plural] togetherHerman connected the computers together | Herman gathered the students together
        [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient 1] with / into / to [Patient 2]Herman added a computer to the network
        [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb]John and Mary are engaged | Our computers connected | Plays and ballets alternate
        [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb]Eggs mix well | The pieces interconnect easily | These computers connected well
        [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] [Adverb] togetherThese computers connected well together
        [Patient - concrete object, plural] [Verb] togetherOur computers connected together
        [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] [Adverb] with / into / to [Patient 2]Eggs mix well with cream | This computer will connect well to the network
        [Patient 1 - concrete object] [Verb] with / into / to [Patient 2]My computer connected to his computer

        Verbs of Combining (with the same syntax): connect, join, link, network, pool, unite.

      • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
      • synonym of pair: geminate
      • more generic terms: arrange / set up = put into a proper or systematic order
    5. engage in sexual intercourse

    Alternative definition of the verb pair

    verb

    1. [transitive] To group into sets of two.
    2. [transitive] To bring two (animals, notably dogs) together for mating.

    Specialised definition of the verb pair

    Glossary of sports / golf

    to assign golfers to play together

    • example: the tournament committee paired Nicklaus and Palmer.

    Music

    1. "Pair" a.k.a. "pair*" is a musical single of Meaw.
      • released on (4 years ago)
    2. "Pair" is a musical album of The Parasites of The Western World.
      • released on (21 years ago)

    Artwork

    "Pair" is an artwork by Irving Kriesberg.

    Miscellanea

    1. Pair a.k.a. Couple, formerly Pair, is a mobile app which provides a mobile messaging service for two people, especially romantic couples. Like many mobile phone messaging applications, Couple allows users to share text, photos, video and other content. It's a competitor to apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and KakaoTalk, but it's unique in that it is for communicating with exactly one other person. Couple is one of a slew of mobile applications that intentionally confine their communication to a small group, as opposed to large public or semi-public networks like Twitter.
    2. Pair: Pairing is a system whereby two members of parliament from opposing political parties may agree to abstain where one member is unable to vote, due to other commitments, illness, travel problems, etc. A party whip will usually allow this only for non-critical votes, often referred to as two-line whips.
    3. PAIR is a project in the Netherlands that aims to match students with best-suited peer candidates for online support. It was launched in 2006 by the Open University of the Netherlands, an online university, and was supported by Fontys University and SURF, the national organization in the Netherlands that coordinates ICT in higher education.
    4. Pair: A set of two similar things considered as a unit.

    Phrases with Pair

    Phrases starting with the word Pair:

    1. Pair Up
    2. pair off
    3. Pair bond

    Phrases ending with the word Pair:

    1. au pair
    2. two pair
    3. base pair
    4. King Pair
    5. Live pair
    6. Lone pair
    7. On a Pair
    8. Cooper Pair
    9. Grow a Pair
    10. Have a Pair
    11. Linear Pair
    12. Pigeon Pair
    13. Pocket Pair
    14. Coxless pair
    15. Minimal pair

    Other phrases containing the word Pair:

    1. to pair off
    2. au pair girl

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    Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Pair

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    Google previewCalculus I with Precalculus (2011)

    by Ron Larson

    An ordered pair is a of an equation in and if the equation is true when is substituted for and is substituted for y. b for and is substitute for and is substitute x for and is sub for and is sub ,for and is sub for and is sub true when is substitut true when ...

    Google previewArt and Innovation (1999)

    The Xerox PARC Artist-in-residence Program by Craig Harris

    PAIR is an opening for PARC to study aesthetics as a field of research because the aesthetics of a culture determine what...

    PAIR is a way to fund artists in a direct manner and not at the end of long fingers where the funders and the fundees ...

    Google previewIntroductory Algebra (2010)

    by Alan Tussy, R. Gustafson, Diane Koenig

    Some examples are 2x y 3, y 3, x 4y 6, and x 2 As with linear equations, an ordered pair is a solution of an inequality in x (x, y) and if a true statement results when the variables in the inequality are replaced by the coordinates of the ordered ...

    Google previewThe Annals and Magazine of Natural History (1862)

    Zoology, Botany, and Geology

    These parts have a brownish-yellow hue ; the legs are marked with a few obscure, longitudinal, brown lines, and the first pair is the darkest, particularly on the anterior side. The palpi are short, strong, and resemble the legs in colour; the radial ...

    Google previewVerbal Reasoning For Competitions

    Second among the pair is a scientific phenomenon associated with first. 22. ( c) • Do yourself. 23. (d) : As a baker bakes bread similarly the tailor stitches to clothes. 24. (b) : Bulk quantity of stick is called bundle. 25. (b) : The given words are ...

    Google previewIntroduction to Real Analysis (2016)

    by CTI Reviews

    In mathematics, an ordered pair is a collection (of objects) having two coordinates (or ...

    Google previewElementary and Intermediate Algebra (2012)

    by Alan S. Tussy, R. David Gustafson

    EXAMPLE 1 Determine whether each ordered pair is a solution of . Then graph each solution: a. b. c. (1, 4) (0,6) (4,2) x y 5 Strategy We will substitute each ordered pair of coordinates into the inequality. Why If the resulting statement is true, the ...

    Google previewDevelopmental Mathematics (2016)

    by CTI Reviews

    If the first coordinate is a and the second is b, the usual notation for an ordered pair is (a, b). The pair is 'ordered' in that (a, b) differs from (b, a) unless a = b. In mathematics, a (B, N) pair is a structure on groups of Lie type that allows one to give ...

    Google previewTreatise on Process Metallurgy, Volume 2: Process Phenomena (2013)

    An oxygen atom separating an M–M pair is a free oxygen, O2À; an oxygen separating an M–Si pair is a nonbridging oxygen, OÀ; and an oxygen separating an Si–Si pair is called © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Treatise on Process ...

    Google previewPhilosophical Magazine (1837)

    Legs long, and moderately robust ; the fourth pair is the longest, then the first, ...

    Google previewSo Much Better (2013)

    How Thousands of Pastors Help Each Other Thrive by Penny Long Marler, D Bruce Roberts, Janet Maykus, James Bowers, Larry Dill, Brenda K. Harewood, Richard Hester, Sheila Kirton-Robbins, Marianne Labarre, Lis Van Harten, Kelli Walker-Jones

    The second pair is the familiar and the ...

    Google previewHandbook of Conceptual Modeling (2012)

    Theory, Practice, and Research Challenges by David W. Embley, Bernhard Thalheim

    The third stateless–stateful links pair is the condition link and ...

    Google previewTHE LONDON AND EDINBURGH PHILOSOPHICAL MAGAZINE AND JOURNAL OF SCIENCE (1837)

    Legs long, and moderately robust ; the fourth pair is the longest, then the first, v, ...

    Google previewThe Currency Trader's Handbook (2006)

    by Rob Booker

    CURRENCYPAIRS A currency pair is a combination of two currencies. Let's use a...

    Google previewThe London encyclopaedia (1829)

    or Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, comprising a popular view of the present state of knowledge

    PAIR, n ...

    Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Wrestling (2014)

    by John Grasso

    They began teaming in Calgary for Stampede Wrestling, billing themselves as the Fabulous Kangaroos, an Australian pair who entered the ring with boomerangs, bush hats, and “Waltzing Matilda” theme music. They became an instant ...

    Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

    by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

    Pair work is often seen as a subset of group work, but in fact differs from it in several important respects. It is normally much easier to execute in classroom management terms. Even in a classroom with large numbers and fixed desks it is ...

    Google previewDictionary of Military Terms (2009)

    by U.S. Department of Defense

    -B pair, and one net is required for participants on each TADIL-A, TADIL-J, or interim Joint Tactical Information Distribution System message specification net. The net ...

    Google previewThe Edinburgh Encyclopaedia (1830)

    by Sir David Brewster

    - Seventh pair. Fig. 4. Pl. XVIII. No. 7. Auditory nerve, or portio mollis. Facial nerve, or portio dura. Sympatheticus minor. Winslow. Eighth pair.

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    Sign language

    Expressive Sign Language: One Pair of Hands

    Quotes about Pair

    I came in with my idea of what a cowboy would wear, but then I met some real cowboys and they said that I rode the horses well, shoed the horses, but no good cowboy would be wearing a pair of Levi's. I had to get a good old pair of Wranglers. (Steve Kanaly)
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    Scrabble value of P3A1I1R1

    The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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