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pair

1. a male and a female animal of the same species, esp such animals kept for breeding purposes
2. Parliamentary procedure
a. two opposed members who both agree not to vote on a specified motion or for a specific period of time
b. the agreement so made
3. two playing cards of the same rank or denomination
4. Cricket short for a pair of spectacles (see spectacles (sense 2))
5. Logic Maths
a. a set with two members
b. an ordered set with two members

pair

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(electricity)
Two like conductors employed to form an electric circuit.
(mechanical engineering)
Two parts in a kinematic mechanism that mutually constrain relative motion; for example, a sliding pair composed of a piston and cylinder.
(science and technology)
A set of two things that are identical or nearly so, or are designed to function as a unit.

pair

To establish a wireless connection. See pairing and Bluetooth pairing.
References in classic literature ?
Thus it is in the case of those opposites only, which are opposite in the sense in which the term is used with reference to affirmation and negation, that the rule holds good, that one of the pair must be true and the other false.
There is also a tradition that, as the youthful pair departed, the gem was loosened from the forehead of the cliff, and fell into the enchanted lake, and that, at noontide, the Seeker's form may still be seen to bend over its quenchless gleam.
This, to the busy pair, was the happiest period of their lives.
The worst of it is that I only bought the pair last night in the Strand, and I have never had them on.
I'll tell you what, I will make each of them a shirt, and a coat and waistcoat, and a pair of pantaloons into the bargain; and do you make each of them a little pair of shoes.
At that moment I caught another glimpse from the corner of my eye of the single pair of eyes at my back making a sudden rush upon me.
Poor 'Narcissa' after death (says Walpole) was attired in a Holland nightdress, with tucker and double ruffles of Brunswick lace, of which latter material she also wore a headdress, and a pair of new kid gloves.
I haven't a pair in stock that will really cover those eyes up," said the little man, with a sigh; "and your head is so big that I shall be obliged to tie the spectacles on.
These mysterious articles were followed, however, by others which were more within their, range of comprehension--by a pair of dumb-bells, a purple cricket-bag, a set of golf clubs, and a tennis racket.
The dogs clustered together in fear, now and again snarling menacingly as a pair of eyes drew close.
I 'd no business to get a new pair, but I wanted to be extra gorgeous to-night, and this is my punishment for such mad extravagance.
It consumes a dreadful lot of time to iron one pair of duck trousers.