• "He looked wistfully at the pair of crutches."
    "He looked wistfully at the pair of crutches."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pairing the act of grouping things or people in pairs
    • n pairing the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes "the casual couplings of adolescents","the mating of some species occurs only in the spring"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A pair of adult elephants A pair of adult elephants
Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing pottery. Between the kilns was a flame-scarred pit containing evidence of ironworking and the roasting of bog ore for iron Near the foundation of the probable bake shop, a pair of kilns once served for slaking lime, and perhaps for firing...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The beeswax that is produced by Honey bees comes from eight paired glands that are located on the underside of their stomach
    • Pairing See To pair off, under Pair v. i.
    • Pairing The act or process of uniting or arranging in pairs or couples.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Centipedes always have an uneven pairs of walking legs
    • n pairing In deliberative assemblies, a practice by which two members belonging to opposite parties agree that both shall be absent for a specified time, or that both shall abstain from voting on a particular question, so that a vote is nullified on each side. Also called pairing off.
    • n pairing Impairment; injury.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The total surface area of a pair of human lungs is equal to that of a tennis court.
    • ns Pairing an agreement between two members of a legislative body holding opposite opinions to refrain from voting, so that both may absent themselves
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  • Italian Proverb
    Italian Proverb
    “Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “A man cannot make a pair of shoes rightly unless he do it in a devout manner.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “There is room in the smallest cottage for a happy loving pair.”
  • Sydney Smith
    “It resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated, often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who comes between them.”
  • Sydney Smith
    “Married couples resemble a pair of scissors, often moving in opposite directions, yet punishing anyone who gets in between them.”
  • William Mathews
    William Mathews
    “All maxims have their antagonist maxims; proverbs should be sold in pairs, a single one being but a half truth.”


A fresh pair of eyes - A person who is brought in to examine something carefully is a fresh pair of eyes.
Safe pair of hands - A person who can be trusted to do something without causing any trouble is a safe pair of hands.
Show someone a clean pair of heels - If you show someone a clean pair of heels, you run faster than them when they are chasing you.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Pair (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. paire, a couple—pair, like—L. par, equal.


In literature:

Enid's eyes met his, and the pair exchanged curiously significant glances.
"The Doctor of Pimlico" by William Le Queux
I added to my outfit one pair of long and another shorter pair of boots for wet weather in the spring, when the snow is damp and watery.
"The Land of the Long Night" by Paul du Chaillu
Pereipoda: the second and third pair of thoracic legs of larvae, and the 2d pair in adults.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
We had plenty of clothes, and one pair o' shoes a year.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
He said the pair were terribly down on all you Rovers.
"The Rover Boys on Snowshoe Island" by Edward Stratemeyer
Uncle Nicky, bending to replace a worn thole-pin with a new one, dropped the pair with a clatter.
"Shining Ferry" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The nesting operations of a pair of green-backed tits form the subject of a separate essay.
"Birds of the Indian Hills" by Douglas Dewar
And soon after this the young pair retired to rest.
"Cruel As The Grave" by Mrs. Emma D. E. N. Southworth
Ethics of pair marriage.+ Pair marriage has excluded every other form of sex relation.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
A dozen pairs of eyes were watching him, and so many strange people were embarrassing.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates

In poetry:

Two more came up, and then two more,
And more, and more and more;
And some looked upwards at the roof,
Some down upon the floor,
But none were any wiser than
The pair that went before.
"The Vulture and the Husbandman" by Arthur Clement Hilton
Love has earth to which she clings
With hills and circling arms about—
Wall within wall to shut fear out.
But Thought has need of no such things,
For Thought has a pair of dauntless wings.
"Bond And Free" by Robert Frost
Thrice happy bird! I too have seen
Much of the vanities of men;
And, sick of having seen 'em,
Would cheerfully these limbs resign
For such a pair of wings as thine
And such a head between 'em.
"The Jackdaw" by William Cowper
But when once you have paired and built your nest,
And can brood therein with a settled breast,
You will sing once more, and your voice will stir
All hearts with the sweetness gained from her.
"The Poet And The Muse" by Alfred Austin
It's threescore o' towmonds, an' maybe it's mair,
Since first I set een on an' auld fashion'd pair,
Wha keepit a public lang years in oor toun;
They teuk to the drinkin' an' drank themsel's doun.
"Sketches of Village Character In Days "O' Langsyne"" by Janet Hamilton
`Every wall is white with roses `Every wall is white with roses,
Linnets pair in every tree;
Brim your beakers, twine your posies,
Kiss and quaff ere Springtime closes;
Bloom and beauty quickly flee.'
""`Roses crimson, roses white"" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Cook County commissioners on Wednesday voted to end full-time pay and benefits for political appointees on a pair of panels, a change backed by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Not only do cloves sport a taste and aroma perfect for the season, they also pair wonderfully with the apricot preserve filling.
The nascent Arcana /Benderspink comics partnership has brought on Atlas Entertainment to produce a pair of projects -- "Kill on Sight" and "Langley High.
Bellmont took advantage of a pair of breaks, driving for scores after the.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Coyote hunters in New Mexico will have the chance to compete for a couple of high-caliber grand prizes just in time for the holidays—a pair of Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle s.
It was mid-afternoon somewhere between Bunkie and Marksville when road-trip fatigue hit us hard and even Sting's "Fields of Gold" playing on the stereo failed to soothe this pair of travelers.
Even though I was evaluating the M60 v3 as a stereo pair, I felt I should give it a try with a few movies because it's also sold as the left/right speaker in Axiom 's various Epic 60 home theater systems.
A baby robin is spending some quality time with a pair of friendly cats in southwestern Michigan.
Strut your stuff in a pair of braided sandals from Luichiny--we have 1 pair up for grabs.
Miley Cyrus shows the camera her backside in a pair of skimpy shorts.
Backstroke golds for American pair at Olympics.
If you're assuming you can just stare at the sun through a pair of binoculars , you'd better read this.
They look equally professional with a pair of strappy sandals as they do with a pair of pumps.
Give classic ballet flats a rest and pull on a pair of bespoke smoking slippers , like Rochas' metallic leather pair.
The horses are judged by how much weight they pull over their own weight so a smaller pair of horses can still compete against a larger pair.

In science:

Since each pair of regions comprises two opposing spherical sectors, this maximum overlap is achieved when one pair of regions lies fully within the other pair (and hence vice versa).
Local deterministic model of singlet state correlations based on relaxing measurement independence
Thus, in a restricted pairing, each pair is either mixed or pure; pure pairs have both points in a vertex in R.
Induced subgraphs in sparse random graphs with given degree sequence
Let N denote the number of ways to choose the pairs and label the points in them so that an L1 -switching can be applied to these pairs, which converts P to some P ′ ∈ Cl0−1,l1 ,l2 without any simultaneously created loops or double pairs.
Induced subgraphs in sparse random graphs with given degree sequence
For a given pairing P ∈ C0,l1 ,l2 , let N be the number of ways to choose the pairs and label the points in them so that a D1 -switching can be applied to these pairs such that P is converted to some P ′ ∈ C0,l1−1,l2 without simultaneously creating any loops and double pairs.
Induced subgraphs in sparse random graphs with given degree sequence
We count the ordered pairs of pairings (P , P ′ ) such that both P and P ′ are from Cl0 ,l1 ,l2 , and P ′ is obtained from P by applying an S1 -switching to P without any creation or destruction of loops or double pairs.
Induced subgraphs in sparse random graphs with given degree sequence