from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having a horizontal surface; flat: an even floor.
- adj. Having no irregularities, roughness, or indentations; smooth. See Synonyms at level.
- adj. Being in the same plane or line; parallel: The picture is even with the window.
- adj. Having no variations or fluctuations; uniform: the even rhythm of his breathing.
- adj. Of uniform distribution: an even application of varnish.
- adj. Placid; calm: an even temperament.
- adj. Equal or identical in degree, extent, or amount: Use even amounts of butter and sugar.
- adj. Equally matched or balanced: an even fight.
- adj. Just; fair: an even bargain.
- adj. Having nothing due on either side; square: If we each take half, then we'll be even.
- adj. Having exacted full revenge.
- adj. Having equal probability; as likely as not: an even chance of winning.
- adj. Sports Having an equal score: The teams are even at halftime.
- adj. Sports Being equal for each opponent. Used of a score.
- adj. Mathematics Exactly divisible by 2.
- adj. Mathematics Characterized or indicated by a number exactly divisible by 2.
- adj. Having an even number in a sequence.
- adj. Having an even number of members.
- adj. Having an exact amount, extent, or number; precise: an even pound; an even foot.
- adv. To a greater degree or extent. Used as an intensive with comparative adjectives and adverbs: Looked sick and felt even worse.
- adv. Indeed; moreover. Used as an intensive: He was depressed, even suicidal. Even a child knows better.
- adv. Used as an intensive to indicate something that is unexpected: declined even to consider the idea.
- adv. At the same time as; already; just: Even as we watched, the building collapsed.
- adv. To a degree that extends; fully: loyal even unto death.
- adv. Exactly; precisely: It was even as he said: the jewel was gone.
- transitive v. To make or become even.
- idiom on an even keel In a stable or unimpaired state: "There was good reason to keep relations with Washington on an even keel” ( Helen Kitchen).
- n. Archaic Evening.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Flat and level.
- adj. Without great variation.
- adj. Equal in proportion, quantity, size, etc.
- adj. Divisible by two.
- adj. Convenient for rounding other numbers to; for example, ending in a zero.
- adj. On equal monetary terms; neither owing or being owed.
- adj. On equal terms of a moral sort; quits.
- v. To make flat and level.
- adv. exactly, just, fully
- adv. Implying an extreme example in the case mentioned, as compared to the implied reality
- adv. Emphasizing a comparative
- n. Evening.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Evening. See eve, n. 1.
- adj. Level, smooth, or equal in surface; not rough; free from irregularities; hence uniform in rate of motion of action
- adj. Equable; not easily ruffled or disturbed; calm; uniformly self-possessed.
- adj. Parallel; on a level; reaching the same limit.
- adj. Balanced; adjusted; fair; equitable; impartial; just to both sides; owing nothing on either side; -- said of accounts, bargains, or persons indebted
- adj. Without an irregularity, flaw, or blemish; pure.
- adj. Associate; fellow; of the same condition.
- adj. Not odd; capable of division by two without a remainder; -- said of numbers.
- transitive v. To make even or level; to level; to lay smooth.
- transitive v. To equal.
- transitive v. To place in an equal state, as to obligation, or in a state in which nothing is due on either side; to balance, as accounts; to make quits; to make equal.
- transitive v. To set right; to complete.
- transitive v. To act up to; to keep pace with.
- intransitive v. To be equal.
- adv. In an equal or precisely similar manner; equally; precisely; just; likewise; as well.
- adv. Up to, or down to, an unusual measure or level; so much as; fully; quite.
- adv. As might not be expected; -- serving to introduce what is unexpected or less expected.
- adv. At the very time; in the very case.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Level, plane, or smooth; hence, not rough or irregular; free from inequalities, irregularities, or obstructions: as, even ground; an even surface.
- Uniform in action, character, or quality; equal or equable; unvarying; unwavering: as, an even temper; to hold an even course.
- Situated on a level, or on the same level; being in the same line or plane; parallel; consentaneous; accordant: followed by with.
- On an equality in any respect; on an equal level or footing; of equal or the same measure or quantity; in an equivalent state or condition; equally balanced or adjusted: as, our accounts are even; an even chance; an even bargain; letters of even date; to get even with an antagonist.
- Plain to comprehension; lucid; clear.
- Without fractional parts; neither more nor less; entire; unbroken: as, an even mile; an even pound or quart; an even hundred or thousand.
- Divisible, as a number, by 2: thus, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, are even numbers: opposed to odd, as 1, 3, etc. See evenly even, unevenly even, below.
- Without projecting parts; having all the ends terminating in the same plane: in ornithology, said of the tail of a bird all the feathers of which are of equal length.
- In entomology, plane; horizontal, flat, and not deflexed at the margins: applied especially to the elytra when they form together a plane surface, and to the wings when they are extended horizontally in repose. [Even was formerly used in composition with the sense of fellow-or co-. See even-Christian, even-bishop, even-servant.]
- n. In the Pythagorean philos., that element of the universe which is represented by the even numbers: identified with the unlimited and imperfect.
- In an even manner; so as to be even; straight; evenly: as, to run even.
- Straightway; directly.
- Just; exactly; at or to the very point; moreover; likewise; so much as: used to emphasize or strengthen an assertion: as, he was not satisfied even then; even this was not enough. In verse often contracted e'en.
- To make even or level; level; lay smooth.
- To place in an equal state as to claim or obligation, or in a state in which nothing is due on either side; balance, as accounts.
- To equal; compare; bring into comparison, as one thing with another; connect or associate, as one thing or person with another: as, such a charge can never be evened to me.
- To act up to; keep pace with.
- To be or become even; have or come to an equality in any respect; range, divide, settle, etc., evenly: followed by with.
- n. Evening: the earlier word for evening, but now archaic or poetical.
- n. Same as eve, 2.
- n. Often contracted e'en.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. occurring at fixed intervals
- adv. used as an intensive especially to indicate something unexpected
- v. become even or more even
- adj. of the score in a contest
- v. make even or more even
- adj. divisible by two
- adv. in spite of; notwithstanding
- adv. to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons
- v. make level or straight
- adv. to the full extent
- adj. symmetrically arranged
- n. the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall)
- adj. equal in degree or extent or amount; or equally matched or balanced
- adj. being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with)
Middle English, from Old English efen.
Middle English, from Old English ǣfen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old English efen, efn, emn ("even, equal, like, level, just, impartial, true"), from Proto-Germanic *ebnaz (“flat, level, even; equal, straight”), from Proto-Indo-European *(h₁)emno- (“equal, straight; flat, level, even”). Cognate with West Frisian even ("even"), Dutch even ("even, equal, same"), German eben ("even, flat, level"), Danish jævn ("even, flat, smooth"), Swedish jämn ("even, level, smooth"), Icelandic jafn, jamn ("even, equal"), Old Cornish eun ("equal, right") (attested in Vocabularium Cornicum eun-hinsic ("iustus, i. e., just")), Old Breton eun ("equal, right") (attested in Eutychius Glossary eunt ("aequus, i. e., equal")), Middle Breton effn, Breton eeun, Sanskrit अस्नस् (amnás, "(adverb) just, just now; at once"). (Wiktionary)
Old English efen (Wiktionary)
Old English ǣfen. Cognate with Dutch avond, German Abend. (Wiktionary)