pair: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (pâr), [key]
— n., pl. v. pairs, pair,
- two identical, similar, or corresponding things that are matched for use together: a pair of gloves; a pair of earrings.
- something consisting of or regarded as having two parts or pieces joined together: a pair of scissors; a pair of slacks.
- two individuals who are similar or in some way associated: a pair of liars; a pair of seal pups.
- a married, engaged, or dating couple.
- two mated animals.
- a span or team: a pair of horses.
- two members on opposite sides in a deliberative body who for convenience, as to permit absence, arrange together to forgo voting on a given occasion.
- the arrangement thus made.
- two playing cards of the same denomination without regard to suit or color.
- pairs, two card players who are matched together against different contestants.
- Also called two parts or pieces so connected that they mutually constrain relative motion.
- Philately. two postage stamps joined together either vertically or horizontally.
- a set or combination of more than two objects forming a collective whole: a pair of beads.
- to arrange or designate in pairs or groups of two: She paired dancers for the waltz contest.
- to form into a pair, as by matching, joining, etc.; match; couple: to pair freshly washed socks.
- (of animals) to cause to mate.
- to separate into pairs or groups of two (usu. fol. by off ): to pair off for a procession.
- to form a pair or pairs.
- to be a member of a pair.
- to match with or resemble another.
- to unite in close association with another, as in a business partnership, friendship, marriage, etc.
- (of animals) to mate.
- (in a deliberative body) to form or arrange a pair.
Pronunciation: (per), [key]
- noting any even number, esp. in roulette. Compare impair.
- pair (Thesaurus)