Pair vs Canine - What's the difference?

pair | canine |

As nouns the difference between pair and canine

is that pair is two similar or identical things taken together; often followed by of while canine is any member of caninae, the only living subfamily of canidae.

As a verb pair

is to group into sets of two or pair can be (obsolete) to impair.

As an adjective canine is

of, or pertaining to, a dog or dogs.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Etymology 1

From (etyl) paire, from (etyl) .


  • Two similar or identical things taken together; often followed by of.
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  • Two people in a relationship, partnership (especially sexual) or friendship.
  • Used with binary nouns (often in the plural to indicate multiple instances, since such nouns are plurale tantum)
  • A couple of working animals attached to work together, as by a yoke.
  • (cards) A poker hand that contains of two cards of identical rank, which cannot also count as a better hand.
  • (cricket) A score of zero runs (a duck) in both innings of a two-innings match
  • (baseball, informal) A double play, two outs recorded in one play
  • (baseball, informal) A doubleheader, two games played on the same day between the same teams
  • (slang) A pair of breasts
  • (Australia, politics) The exclusion of one member of a parliamentary party from a vote, if a member of the other party is absent for important personal reasons.
  • Two members of opposite parties or opinion, as in a parliamentary body, who mutually agree not to vote on a given question, or on issues of a party nature during a specified time.
  • There were two pairs on the final vote.
  • (archaic) A number of things resembling one another, or belonging together; a set.
  • * Charles Dickens
  • plunging myself into poverty and shabbiness and love in one room up three pair of stairs
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Two crowns in my pocket, two pair of cards.
  • (kinematics) In a mechanism, two elements, or bodies, which are so applied to each other as to mutually constrain relative motion; named in accordance with the motion it permits, as in turning pair'', ''sliding pair'', ''twisting pair .
  • Synonyms
    * two objects in a group: duo, dyad, couple, brace, twosome, duplet * (pair of breasts) See also
    Derived terms
    * on a pair * grow a pair * in pairs * king pair * pair-horse * pair-oar(ed) * pair production * pair skating * royal pair * strap on a pair


    (en verb)
  • To group into sets of two.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Glossy jet is paired with shining white.
    The wedding guests were paired boy/girl and groom's party/bride's party.
  • To bring two (animals, notably dogs) together for mating.
  • (politics, slang) To engage (oneself) with another of opposite opinions not to vote on a particular question or class of questions.
  • To suit; to fit, as a counterpart.
  • * Rowe
  • My heart was made to fit and pair with thine.
    (Webster 1913)
  • (computing) to form wireless connection between to devices
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    If your computer has a built-in, non-Microsoft transceiver, you can pair the device directly to the computer by using your computer’s Bluetooth software configuration program but without using the Microsoft Bluetooth transceiver.
    Derived terms
    * pairing * pair off * pair up

    Etymology 2


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To impair.
  • (Spenser)


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  • Of, or pertaining to, a dog or dogs.
  • * 1913 , (Sax Rohmer), The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu , ch. 8,
  • We carried the dog round to the yard, and I examined his head. . . . I accepted the care of the canine patient.
  • * 2005 , , page 17
  • A lost dog sniffed around the flower beds wishing it had some canine company
  • Dog-like.
  • * 1891 , (Arthur Quiller-Couch), "The Affair of Bleakirk-on-Sands," Noughts & Crosses ,
  • In many respects she made me an admirable wife. Her affection for me was canine —positively.
  • (anatomy) Of or pertaining to mammalian teeth which are cuspids or fangs.
  • * 1872 , (Charles Darwin), Expression of Emotion in Man and Animals , ch. 10,
  • Then his upper lip may be seen to be raised, especially at the corners, so that his huge canine teeth are exhibited.


    * (of dogs) * (dog-like)


    (en noun) (canine tooth)
  • Any member of Caninae, the only living subfamily of Canidae.
  • Any of certain extant canids regarded as similar to the dog or wolf (including coyotes, jackals, etc.) but distinguished from the vulpines, which are regarded as fox-like.
  • * 2010 , M. S. Mititch, The Spychip Conspiracy , page 189
  • The canine ran across the room to the open window, put his front paws on the sill and pointed his nose at the sidewalk below.
  • In heterodont mammals, the pointy tooth between the incisors and the premolars; a cuspid.
  • * 2006 , Amy Sutherland, Kicked, Bitten, and Scratched: Life and Lessons at the World's Premier School for Animal Trainers
  • He tried to push Kissu into his cage, but the cougar charged back out and sank his canines into Wilson's rump.
  • (poker slang) A king and a nine as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em due to phonetic similarity.
  • * 2005 , Dennis Purdy, The Illustrated Guide to Texas Hold'em , page 270
  • You have been dealt King-9 unsuited ("canine ") in your pocket.


    * (dog or wolf) * (pointy tooth)

    See also

    * lupine * vulpine * Canini (tribe within subfamily Caninae)


    * Weisenberg, Michael (2000) The Official Dictionary of Poker. MGI/Mike Caro University. ISBN 978-1880069523 ----