pair

/pɛə / (say pair)

noun (plural pairs or pair)
1. two things of a kind, matched for use together: a pair of gloves.
2. a combination of two parts joined together: a pair of scissors.
3. a married or engaged couple.
4. two people, animals, etc., regarded as having a common characteristic: a pair of fools.
5. two mated animals.
6. a span or team.
7. Parliamentary Procedure
a. 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.
b. the arrangement thus made.
8. Cards
a. two cards of the same denomination, without regard to suit or colour.
b. (plural) two players who are matched together against different contestants.
9. Rowing a racing shell having two rowers, with one oar each.
10. Mechanics two parts or pieces so connected that they mutually constrain relative motion (kinematic pair).
11. Cricket
a. Also, a pair of spectacles. Colloquial a failure by the person batting to score in either innings of a match.
b. king pair, a failure by the person batting to score in either innings of a match as a result of a dismissal on the first ball bowled to them in each case.
12. Mining a party of miners (usually six) working together; a gang.
verb (t)
13. to arrange in pairs.
14. to join in a pair; mate; couple.
15. to cause to mate.
verb (i)
16. Also, pair off. to separate into pairs.
17. to form a pair or pairs.
18. Parliamentary Procedure to form a pair to forgo voting.
phrase
19. cancel pairs, Parliamentary Procedure to suspend pairing, ensuring that votes are counted strictly according to the actual number of members present.
{Middle English, from Old French paire, from Latin pāria, neuter plural of pār equal}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:
(of the same kind or suited to each other), , / , , , / , / ,


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