from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A unit of verse consisting of two successive lines, usually rhyming and having the same meter and often forming a complete thought or syntactic unit.
  • noun Two similar things; a pair.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Gothic arch., a double window; one having two lights only and these of the same size and style.
  • noun In prosody, two lines in immediate succession, usually but not necessarily of the same length, forming a pair, and generally marked as such by riming with each other.
  • noun In music, two equal notes inserted in the midst of triple rhythm to occupy the time of three; a temporary displacement of triple by duple rhythm.
  • noun One of a pair, as of twins; a twin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Two taken together; a pair or couple; especially two lines of verse that rhyme with each other.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun literature A pair of lines with rhyming end words.
  • noun A pair of one-way streets which carry opposing directions of traffic through gridded urban areas.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a stanza consisting of two successive lines of verse; usually rhymed
  • noun two items of the same kind


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Old French, diminutive of couple, couple; see couple.]



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