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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pair_of_pants_(mathematics)

In mathematics, a pair of pants is a surface which is homeomorphic to the three- holed sphere. ... cut the surface into pairs of pants. This is called a pants decomposition for the surface, and the curves are called the cuffs of the decomposition.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trousers

Trousers (British English) or pants (American English) are an item of clothing worn from the ... For the object in topology, see Pair of pants (mathematics). ... So informal elastic-waist knitted garments would be called pants, but not trousers (or  ...

www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2011/may/11/straight-email-volume-pair-pants

May 11, 2011 ... From the beginning, about the 16th Century, pants have been referred to as a pair. Shirts were made from a single piece of cloth, so two ...

www.britannica.com/demystified/why-do-we-say-a-pair-of-pants

According to some, the phrase “pair of pants” harkens back to the days when ... Think of items that are usually referred to in plural—often preceded by “pair of” or  ...

www.word-detective.com/2008/02/pair-of-pants-etc

Feb 12, 2008 ... So why do we call them pairs — binoculars, pants, glasses, shorts and ... a single small telescope (also known today as a “spotting scope”) ...

www.quora.com/Why-do-we-say-a-pair-of-pants-when-referring-to-a-single-pair

What we now call “pants” or “trousers” were originally known as “pantaloons,” after Pantalone, a character in 16th century Italian theatrical comedy usually ...

www.straightdope.com/columns/read/502/why-do-we-say-a-pair-of-pants-when-theres-only-one-of-them

Apr 20, 1984 ... Why do we say "a pair of pants" when there is only one article of ... are always plural in form, and they are usually referred to as "a pair of .

www.phrases.org.uk/bulletin_board/59/messages/391.html

Jan 9, 2009 ... The shortest answer is that "pant" refers to a trouser leg, or pantleg, and since they alwa;ys come in twos, the usual word is pants. One historical ...

www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-pai1.htm

Apr 28, 2001 ... If you put on a pair of pants, why you don't also put on a pair of shirts? ... Commentators referred to them when they first appeared as being a ...