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pairing Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes
    coupling; union; sexual union; conjugation; mating.
    • the casual couplings of adolescents
    • the mating of some species occurs only in the spring
  2. noun the act of grouping things or people in pairs
  3. verb form a pair or pairs
    pair; pair off; couple; partner off.
    • The two old friends paired off
  4. verb bring two objects, ideas, or people together
    pair; couple; mate; twin; match.
    • This fact is coupled to the other one
    • Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?
    • The student was paired with a partner for collaboration on the project
  5. verb occur in pairs
    pair; geminate.
  6. verb arrange in pairs
    pair; geminate.
    • Pair these numbers
  7. verb engage in sexual intercourse
    pair; couple; mate; copulate.
    • Birds mate in the Spring

Pair"ing noun
See Pair, v. i.
  1. The act or process of uniting or arranging in pairs or couples.
  2. See To pair off, under Pair, v. i.

Webster 1913