even: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ē'vun), [key]
— adj.
  1. level; flat; without surface irregularities; smooth: an even road.
  2. on the same level; in the same plane or line; parallel: even with the ground.
  3. free from variations or fluctuations; regular: even motion.
  4. uniform in action, character, or quality: to hold an even course.
  5. equal in measure or quantity: Add even amounts of oil and vinegar.
  6. divisible by two, as a number (opposed to odd).
  7. denoted by such a number: the even pages of a book.
  8. exactly expressible in integers, or in tens, hundreds, etc., without fractional parts: an even seven miles.
  9. (of a function) having a sign that remains the same when the sign of each independent variable is changed at the same time.
  10. equally balanced or divided; equal: Check to see if the scales are even.
  11. leaving no balance of debt on either side; square: We will not be even until I can repay him for saving my life.
  12. calm; placid; not easily excited or angered: an even temper.
  13. equitable, impartial, or fair: an even bargain.
  1. evenly: The road ran even over the fields.
  2. still; yet (used to emphasize a comparative): even more suitable.
  3. (used to suggest that something mentioned as a possibility constitutes an extreme case or an unlikely instance): Even the slightest noise disturbs him. Even if he attends, he may not participate.
  4. just (used to emphasize occurrence, coincidence, or simultaneousness of occurrences): Even as he lay dying, they argued over his estate.
  5. fully or quite: even to death.
  6. indeed (used as an intensive for stressing the identity or truth of something): He is willing, even eager, to do it.
  7. exactly or precisely: It was even so.
  8. to have one's profits equal one's losses; neither gain nor lose: The company barely broke even last year.
  9. to be revenged; retaliate: He vowed to get even for the insult.
  1. to make even; level; smooth (sometimes fol. by out): to even a board with a plane.
  2. to place in an even state as to claim or obligation; balance (often fol. by up): to even up accounts.
  1. to become even: The odds evened before the race.
  2. The wrinkles will even out when the suit dries.
    1. to make or become even, smooth, or flat:The wrinkles will even out when the suit dries.
    2. to become equal, balanced, stable, etc.:optimistic that the situation would even out eventually.


Pronunciation: (ē'vun), [key]
— n. Archaic.
  1. evening; eve.


Pronunciation: (ā'wun, ev'un), [key]
— pl. E•vens, E•ven
  1. a member of a Siberian people living mainly in the Yakut Autonomous Republic in the Russian Federation.
  2. the Tungusic language spoken by the Even. Also called
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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