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Words nearby pairing
Definition for pairing (2 of 2)
noun, plural pairs, pair.
- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of pair1
synonym study for pair
usage note for pair
Pair signifying two individuals can take either a singular or plural verb, but it is usually followed by a plural verb and referred to by a plural pronoun: The guilty pair have not been seen since their escape.
In the sense “a set or combination of more than two objects forming a collective whole,” pair occurs chiefly in fixed phrases: a pair of beads; a pair of stairs. This use is now somewhat old-fashioned. See also collective noun, couple.
OTHER WORDS FROM pairpair·wise, adverbun·paired, adjectivewell-paired, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for pairing
But as perfect a pairing as Trophy Wife was with Modern Family, black-ish is, too.
And so it is with admiration and understanding that we are still violently furious over the pairing of Joey and Rachel.
What's new, then, is the pairing of unhappy truths with sweet kisses and saccharine confessions.Young Adult Novel Adaptations Put Mainstream Blockbusters to Shame|Amy Zimmerman|June 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One signal was the 2011 show at Helly Nahmad, New York pairing Soutine and Bacon and curated by Maurice Tuchman and Esti Dunow.
Like a savant, he navigates us through a tasting of three French beers, finished off by a pairing with 18-month-old comté cheese.Look Out! There’s a Craft-Beer Revolution Taking Over France|Jeff Campagna|December 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On the other hand, watch as carefully as I may, I do not discover a single act of pairing out of doors.Bramble-bees and Others|J. Henri Fabre
The plumage of the male after pairing is like that of the female.The Natural History of Cage Birds|J. M. Bechstein
She preened her poor little thoughts as if for pairing time, when soul fluttered to soul across the dinner-table.The Divine Fire|May Sinclair
The males are very quarrelsome, and when fighting or pairing are very vocal, indulging in grunting squeaks.Animal Life of the British Isles|Edward Step
Pairing is in its nature a seizure, and the coquetry of the female goes back, perhaps, to an instinctive aversion to being seized.Sex and Society|William I. Thomas
British Dictionary definitions for pairing (1 of 2)
noun plural pairs or functioning as singular or plural pair
- two opposed members who both agree not to vote on a specified motion or for a specific period of time
- the agreement so made
- a set with two members
- an ordered set with two members
Word Origin for pair
usage for pair
British Dictionary definitions for pairing (2 of 2)
Idioms and Phrases with pairing
In addition to the idiom beginning with pair
- pair off
- show one's (a clean pair of) heels