Pair of colours

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pair of colours two flags carried by a regiment, one the national ensign, the other the flag of the regiment
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. paire, a couple—pair, like—L. par, equal.

Usage

In literature:

A pair of puce-coloured boots were seen ascending the steps, a white handkerchief fluttered, a black eye gleamed.
"Sketches by Boz illustrative of everyday life and every-day people" by Charles Dickens
Your father is in the army: what say you to a pair of colours?
"Lucretia, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
She saw a pair of pleading eyes, she saw the colour rise in a man's cheeks.
"The Imaginary Marriage" by Henry St. John Cooper
Escort En-Noor, by the way, was delighted with the little present I made to him of a pair of coloured scissors for his wife.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 1" by James Richardson
All those pairs of colours that unite to produce white are termed complementary colours.
"The Chemistry of Hat Manufacturing" by Watson Smith
A pair of ragged trousers of no particular colour completed his costume.
"Rita" by Laura E. Richards
One of these animals is flat, about an inch long, brown in colour, and provided with a pair of long feelers.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Nature Study" by Ontario Ministry of Education
Through this lady's interest, her elder brother John obtained a pair of colours in the Guards.
"Political Women, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Sutherland Menzies
Ha'n't you got never a pair of coloured stockings, that you must go poking into the mud with white ones?
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
She lies in the watchet-coloured chamber, on the right hand, one pair of stairs.
"Shorter Novels, Eighteenth Century" by Samuel Johnson
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In science:

For each galaxy, this information is combined (in a Bayesian manner) with the likelihood P(C | z, T ) of observing the galaxy colours C for each redshift and SED pair, yielding the final P(z, T | C, m0 ).
PHAT: PHoto-z Accuracy Testing
Calculations based on the use of leading-order pQCD diagrams for the production of cc pairs in colour singlet seriously underestimate the J/ψ cross-section at Tevatron.
Hard Probes 2010: Experimental Summary
In each pair of lines for the same r0 (of the same colour) the best performance (lower WFE) occurs when L0 is smallest, unless the DM stroke is increased, which is expensive. The X axis of the graph runs backwards and corresponds to the maximum stroke available from a DM.
Using Site Testing Data for Adaptive Optics Simulations
One notices in Figs. 10a - 10d that γ flux for any particular value of the angle θ are given as a pair of plots designated by the specific colour code (red, blue or green), assumed for the results corresponding to that particular θ.
Gamma Ray and Neutrino Flux from Annihilation of Neutralino Dark Matter at Galactic Halo Region in mAMSB Model
However, note that the colours come in a particular order and this matters when defining concepts like “finer”. A pair (G, π), where π is a colouring of G, is called a coloured graph.
Practical graph isomorphism, II
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