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Has no match!

Messi and Ronaldo deserve the best farewell because they were nonpareil. Nonpareil means were unrivaled or unmatched. Messi and Ronaldo are considered to be one of the greatest football players of all time because their goals are par excellence; hence they are nonpareil. Pareil is French for equal or like; nonpareil means not paralleled.

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Another word for nonpareil is peerless, derived from the word peer. A peer is someone of equal standing, like a colleague.

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The Greek word for equal is isos. An isotherm is an imaginary line that passes through places with equal mean temperature. They are used to observe the distribution of air temperatures over a vast area.

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 An isobar connects places with the same atmospheric pressure, The isobars are generated from mean sea level pressure reports, and the pressure values are given in millibars. Sea level pressure reports are available every hour, which means that maps of isobars are likewise available every hour.

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Tabular Summary:

 pareil An equal
nonpareil an unrivalled or matchless person or thing
 peer a person of the same legal status
isotherm a line on a map or chart of the earth’s surface connecting points having the same temperature at a given time or the same mean temperature for a given period
isobar a line on a map connecting points having the same atmospheric pressure at a given time or on average over a given period


Welcome to your Has no match! quiz.

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1) (New Indian Express) ‘Par excellence’ here means:

2) (Firstpost) Here ‘Non-pareil” means:

3) (Times of India) Here ‘peer’ means:

4) Which of the following is true


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