Event definition

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(sports) A contest in a sports competition, such as a meet.

Swimming events.

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A particular contest or item in a program.

The pole vault, high jump, and other events.

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(1) An action initiated by the user or the computer. For example, a user event would be any mouse movement or keystroke. An internal event detected by software could be caused by myriad things from unexpected data in the input to a security camera sensing motion. See event driven, event loop, event handler and event management system.
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Event is defined as a particular contest which is part of a program of contests.

An example of an event is the long jump at a school’s field day.

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The definition of an event is something that takes place.

An example of an event is the prom dance for a high school.

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(physics) A phenomenon or occurrence located at a single point in space-time, regarded as the fundamental observational entity in relativity theory.
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A happening or occurrence, esp. when important.
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An occurrence; something that happens.
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(archaic) A result; outcome.
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Any organized activity, celebration, etc. for members of the general public or a particular group.

The social event of the year.

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(physics) A point in spacetime having three spatial coordinates and one temporal coordinate.
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Something that takes place, especially a significant occurrence.
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A social gathering or activity.

The fundraising event was held in the ballroom.

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(archaic) A final result; an outcome.
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An end result; an outcome (now chiefly in phrases).

In the event, he turned out to have what I needed anyway.

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(probability theory) A set of some of the possible outcomes; a subset of the sample space.

If is a random variable representing the toss of a six-sided die, then its sample space could be denoted as {1,2,3,4,5,6}. Examples of events could be: , and .

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(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.
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at all events
  • In any case.
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in any event
  • In any case:
    In any event, the audience seemed pleased with your performance.
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in the event
  • If it should happen; in case:
    In the event of an emergency, call 911.
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in any event
  • no matter what happens; anyhow
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in the event
  • as it turns out or turned out
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in the event of
  • if there should happen to be; in case of
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in the event that
  • if it should happen that
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
event
Plural:
events

Origin of event

  • Latin ēventus from past participle of ēvenīre to happen ē-, ex- ex- venīre to come gwā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French event, 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.

    From Wiktionary