- The definition of even is level or fair or divisible by two.
- An example of an even surface is a sanded and smooth piece of wood.
- An example of an even split is two pieces of pie that are the same size.
- An example of an even number is the number 10.
- To even something is defined as to make it equal or to make it level or smooth.
- An example of making something even is to break something in half and give one half to each person.
- An example of making a table even is to sand the top of the table to smooth away any high points.
The smooth even surface of freshly sanded wood.
even definition by Webster's New World
- flat; level; smooth: even country
- not irregular; not varying; uniform; constant: an even tempo
- calm; tranquil; serene; placid: an even disposition
- in the same plane or line; in line: water even with the rim
- equally balanced
- owing and being owed nothing
- with neither a profit nor a loss
- revenged for a wrong, insult, etc.
- just; equitable; fair: an even exchange
- equal or identical in number, quantity, degree, score, etc.
- exactly divisible by two: said of numbers
- exact: an even mile
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English efne, efen, akin to German eben, Gothic ibns ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form yem-, hold together from source Middle Irish emon, twins
- Obsolete in an even manner
- though it may seem improbable; moreover; indeed; fully: even unto death; even a fool could understand
- exactly; precisely; just; in no other way but: it happened even as I expected
- just as; while; already: even as he spoke, she entered
- still; yet: used in emphasizing a comparison: an even worse mistake
- Archaic namely; particularly: one there was, even John
Origin: see eve
even definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Having a horizontal surface; flat: an even floor.b. Having no irregularities, roughness, or indentations; smooth. See Synonyms at level.c. Being in the same plane or line; parallel: The picture is even with the window.
- a. Having no variations or fluctuations; uniform: the even rhythm of his breathing.b. Of uniform distribution: an even application of varnish.c. Placid; calm: an even temperament.
- a. Equal or identical in degree, extent, or amount: Use even amounts of butter and sugar.b. Equally matched or balanced: an even fight.c. Just; fair: an even bargain.d. Having nothing due on either side; square: If we each take half, then we'll be even.e. Having exacted full revenge.
- Having equal probability; as likely as not: an even chance of winning.
- Sports a. Having an equal score: The teams are even at halftime.b. Being equal for each opponent. Used of a score.
- Mathematics a. Exactly divisible by 2.b. Characterized or indicated by a number exactly divisible by 2.
- a. Having an even number in a sequence.b. Having an even number of members.
- Having an exact amount, extent, or number; precise: an even pound; an even foot.
- a. To a greater degree or extent. Used as an intensive with comparative adjectives and adverbs: Looked sick and felt even worse.b. Indeed; moreover. Used as an intensive: He was depressed, even suicidal. Even a child knows better.c. Used as an intensive to indicate something that is unexpected: declined even to consider the idea.
- At the same time as; already; just: Even as we watched, the building collapsed.
- To a degree that extends; fully: loyal even unto death.
- Exactly; precisely: It was even as he said: the jewel was gone.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English efen.
- eˈven·er noun
- eˈven·ly adverb
- eˈven·ness noun
Origin: Middle English, from Old English ǣfen.
even - Phrases/Idioms
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even - Science Definition