pairing

[ pair-ing ]
/ ˈpɛər ɪŋ /

noun

a coupling.
Cell Biology. the lining up of the two homologous chromosomes or chromatids of each chromosome pair in meiosis or mitosis.Compare base-pairing.

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Origin of pairing

First recorded in 1605–15; pair + -ing1

Definition for pairing (2 of 2)

pair1
[ pair ]
/ pɛər /

noun, plural pairs, pair.

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of pair

1
1250–1300; Middle English paire < Old French < Latin pāria, plural (taken as feminine singular) of pār a pair. See par1

synonym study for pair

1. Pair, brace, couple, span, yoke are terms for groups of two. Pair is used of two things naturally or habitually associated in use, or necessary to each other to make a complete set: a pair of dice. It is used also of one thing composed of two similar and complementary parts: a pair of trousers. Brace is a hunter's term, used of a pair of dogs, ducks, etc., or a pair of pistols or slugs: a brace of partridges. In couple the idea of combination or interdependence has become greatly weakened; it may be used loosely for two of anything ( a couple of apples ), and even for more than two: I have to see a couple of people. Span is used of a matched pair of horses harnessed together side by side. Yoke applies to the two animals hitched together under a yoke for drawing and pulling: a yoke of oxen.

usage note for pair

When used without a modifier, pairs is the only possible plural: Pairs of skaters glided over the ice. When modified by a number, pairs is the more common form, especially referring to persons: Six pairs of masked dancers led the procession. The unmarked plural pair is used mainly in reference to inanimate objects or nonhumans: He has three pair (or pairs ) of loafers. Two pair (or pairs ) of barn owls have nested on our property.
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 pair

pair·wise, adverbun·paired, adjectivewell-paired, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH pair

pair pare payer pearcouple pair several (see synonym study at the current entry)
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British Dictionary definitions for pairing (1 of 2)

pair1
/ (pɛə) /

noun plural pairs or functioning as singular or plural pair

verb

See also pairs

Word Origin for pair

C13: from Old French paire, from Latin paria equal (things), from pār equal

usage for pair

Like other collective nouns, pair takes a singular or a plural verb according to whether it is seen as a unit or as a collection of two things: the pair are said to dislike each other; a pair of good shoes is essential

British Dictionary definitions for pairing (2 of 2)

pair2
/ (per) /

adjective

a Scot word for poor
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Idioms and Phrases with pairing

pair

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