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PAIR, n. [L. par; Heb. to join, couple or associate.]

1. Two things of a kind, similar in form, applied to the same purpose,and suited to each other or used together; as a pair of gloves or stockings; a pair of shoes; a pair of oxen or horses.

2. Two of a sort; a couple; a brace; as a pair of nerves; a pair of doves. Luke 2.

PAIR, v.i. To be joined in pairs; to couple, as, birds pair in summer.

1. To suit; to fit; as a counterpart.

Ethelinda,

My heart was made to fit and pair with thine.

PAIR, v.t. To unite in couples; as minds paired in heaven.

1. To unite as correspondent, or rather to contrast.

Glossy jet is paired with shining white.

PAIR, v.t. To impair. [See Impair.]




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PAIR, n. [L. par; Heb. to join, couple or associate.]

1. Two things of a kind, similar in form, applied to the same purpose,and suited to each other or used together; as a pair of gloves or stockings; a pair of shoes; a pair of oxen or horses.

2. Two of a sort; a couple; a brace; as a pair of nerves; a pair of doves. Luke 2.

PAIR, v.i. To be joined in pairs; to couple, as, birds pair in summer.

1. To suit; to fit; as a counterpart.

Ethelinda,

My heart was made to fit and pair with thine.

PAIR, v.t. To unite in couples; as minds paired in heaven.

1. To unite as correspondent, or rather to contrast.

Glossy jet is paired with shining white.

PAIR, v.t. To impair. [See Impair.]


PAIR, n. [Fr. pair; L. Sp. and Port. par; It. pari; Arm. par; D. paar; G. par, paar; Sw. par; Norm. par or peir; Ir. peire; Sax. gefera, with a prefix. In W. par signifies what is contiguous or in continuity, a state of readiness or preparedness, a pair, fellow, match or couple, and para signifies to endure, to continue, to persevere; paru, to couple or join. In this language, as in Spanish, par, pair, is shown to be connected with the L. paro, to prepare. Now in Heb. Ch. Syr. and Eth. חבר signifies to join, couple, or associate, and the noun, an associate, evidently this very word, which goes far to prove that חבר is a derivative of the root ברא, from which the Latins probably have paro. See Class Br, No. 19. The primary sense of the root is to throw, strain and extend, and hence par, equal, is extended to, near, contiguous, or equally extended.]

  1. Two things of a kind, similar in form, applied to the same purpose, and suited to each other or used together; as, a pair of gloves or stockings; a pair of shoes; a pair of oxen or horses.
  2. Two of a sort; a couple; a brace; as, a pair of nerves; a pair of doves. – Luke ii.

PAIR, v.i.

  1. To be joined in pairs; to couple; as, birds pair in summer.
  2. To suit; to fit; as a counterpart. Ethelinda, / My heart was made to fit and pair with thine. – Rowe.

PAIR, v.t.1

  1. To unite in couples; as, minds paired in heaven. – Dryden.
  2. To unite as correspondent, or rather to contrast. Glossy jet is paired with shining white. – Pope.

PAIR, v.t.2

To impair. [See Impair.]


Pair
  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, except as to stairs.]

    Two crowns in my pocket, two pair of cards. Beau. & Fl.

  2. To be joined in paris] to couple; to mate, as for breeding.
  3. 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.

  4. To impair.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  5. 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.
  6. To suit; to fit, as a counterpart.

    My heart was made to fit and pair with thine. Rowe.

  7. 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.

  8. Two of a sort; a span; a yoke; a couple; a brace; as, a pair of horses; a pair of oxen.
  9. 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.

  10. A married couple; a man and wife.

    "A happy pair." Dryden. "The hapless pair." Milton.
  11. 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.
  12. 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]
  13. 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."

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Pair

PAIR, noun [Latin par; Heb. to join, couple or associate.]

1. Two things of a kind, similar in form, applied to the same purpose, and suited to each other or used together; as a pair of gloves or stockings; a pair of shoes; a pair of oxen or horses.

2. Two of a sort; a couple; a brace; as a pair of nerves; a pair of doves. Luke 2:24.

PAIR, verb intransitive To be joined in pairs; to couple, as, birds pair in summer.

1. To suit; to fit; as a counterpart.

Ethelinda,

My heart was made to fit and pair with thine.

PAIR, verb transitive To unite in couples; as minds paired in heaven.

1. To unite as correspondent, or rather to contrast.

Glossy jet is paired with shining white.

PAIR, verb transitive To impair. [See Impair.]

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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