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

  • noun Something that takes place, especially a significant occurrence. synonym: occurrence.
  • noun A social gathering or activity.
  • noun Sports A contest in a sports competition, such as a meet.
  • noun Physics A phenomenon or occurrence located at a single point in space-time, regarded as the fundamental observational entity in relativity theory.
  • noun Archaic A final result; an outcome.
  • idiom (at all events) In any case.
  • idiom (in any event) In any case.
  • idiom (in the event) If it should happen; in case.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To come out; break forth.
  • To bring to pass; execute.
  • To fan; cool.
  • noun That which comes, arrives, or happens; that which falls out; especially, an occurrence of some importance; a distinctly marked incident: as, the succession of events.
  • noun The consequence of anything; that in which an action, an operation, or a series of operations terminates; the issue; conclusion; end.
  • noun In public games and sports, each contest or single proceeding in a program or series: as, the events of the day were a bicycle-race, a footrace, high jumps, etc.; the steeplechase was a spirited event.
  • noun A contingent, probable, or possible happening; a coming to pass; in the theory of probabilities, anything which may or may not be; any general state of things considered as having a probability: as, in the event of his death his interest will lapse.

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

  • transitive verb obsolete To break forth.
  • noun That which comes, arrives, or happens; that which falls out; any incident, good or bad.
  • noun obsolete An affair in hand; business; enterprise.
  • noun The consequence of anything; the issue; conclusion; result; that in which an action, operation, or series of operations, terminates.

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

  • noun An occurrence; something that happens.
  • noun An end result; an outcome (now chiefly in phrases).
  • noun physics A point in spacetime having three spatial coordinates and one temporal coordinate
  • noun computing A possible action that the user can perform that is monitored by an application or the operating system (event listener). When an event occurs an event handler is called which performs a specific task.
  • noun probability theory A set of some of the possible outcomes; a subset of the sample space.

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

  • noun a phenomenon located at a single point in space-time; the fundamental observational entity in relativity theory
  • noun something that happens at a given place and time
  • noun a special set of circumstances
  • noun a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

Etymologies

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

Latin ēventus, from past participle of ēvenīre, to happen : ē-, ex-, ex- + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin ēventus ("an event, occurrence"), from ēveniō ("to happen, to fall out, to come out"), from ē ("out of, from"), short form of ex, + veniō ("come"); see venture, and compare advent, convent, invent, etc., convene, evene, etc.

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