- ( UK ) IPA: /ˈiːvən/, X-SAMPA: /"i:v@n/
- ( US ) IPA: /ˈivən/, /ˈivn̩/, X-SAMPA: /"iv@n/, /"ivn=/
- Rhymes: -iːvən
- Hyphenation: e‧ven
- Flat and level .
- Without great variation .
- Equal in proportion, quantity, size, etc .
- ( not comparable, of an integer ) Divisible by two .
- ( of a number ) Convenient for rounding other numbers to; for example, ending in a zero.
- 1989, Jerry Sterner, Other People's Money, Act I:
- 1998, Marya Hornbacher, Wasted, chapter 8, 1999 HarperPerennial paperback edition, ISBN 0060930934, page 253 :
- On equal monetary terms; neither owing or being owed .
- ( colloquial ) On equal terms of a moral sort; quits .
- Because of confusion with the "divisible by two" sense, use of even to mean "convenient for rounding" is rare; the synonym round is more common .
- ( flat and level ): flat, level, uniform
- ( without great variation ): monotone ( voice )
- ( convenient for rounding ): round
- ( On equal monetary terms ): quits ( colloquial, UK )
- ^ Schaffner, Stefan ( 2000 ). “Altindisch amnás, urgermanisch *eƀna-, kelt. *eμno-.” In: Indoarisch, Iranisch und die Indogermanistik. Akten des Kolloquiums der Indogermanischen Gesellschaft vom 2. bis 5. Oktober 1997 in Erlangen, Forssman, Bernhard & Plath, Robert ( eds. ), Wiesbaden, pp. 491–505. In German .
- ( archaic ) exactly, just, fully
- Implying an extreme example in the case mentioned, as compared to the implied reality
- Emphasizing a comparative
- ( archaic or poetic ) Evening.
- even amounts of butter and sugar
- on even terms
- it was a fifty-fifty ( or even ) split
- had a fifty-fifty ( or even ) chance
- an even fight
- an even application of varnish
- an even floor
- the road was not very even
- the picture is even with the window
- even features
- Even ( ēv'n ) n. [OE. eve, even, efen, æfen. AS. ǣfen; akin to OS. āband, OFries, āvend, D. avond, OHG. āband, Icel. aptan, Sw. afton, Dan. aften; of unknown origin. Cf. Eve, Evening.] Evening. See Eve, n. 1. [Poetic.] Shak.
- Even, a. [AS. efen. efn; akin to OS. eban, D. even, OHG. eban, G. efen, Icel. jafn, Dan. jevn, Sw. jämn, Goth. ibns. Cf. Anent, Ebb.]
1. Level, smooth, or equal in surface; not rough; free from irregularities; hence uniform in rate of motion of action; as, “even ground; an even speed; an even course of conduct.”
2. Equable; not easily ruffled or disturbed; calm; uniformly self-possessed; as, “an even temper”.
3. Parallel; on a level; reaching the same limit.
And shall lay thee even with the ground. Luke xix. 44.
4. Balanced; adjusted; fair; equitable; impartial; just to both sides; owing nothing on either side; -- said of accounts, bargains, or persons indebted; as, “our accounts are even; an even bargain.”
To make the even truth in pleasure flow. Shak.
5. Without an irregularity, flaw, or blemish; pure. “I know my life so even.” Shak.
6. Associate; fellow; of the same condition. [Obs.] “His even servant.” Wyclif ( Matt. xviii. 29 ).
7. Not odd; capable of division by two without a remainder; -- said of numbers; as, “4 and 10 are even numbers”.
Whether the number of the stars is even or odd. Jer. Taylor.
On even ground, with equal advantage. -- On even keel ( Naut. ), in a level or horizontal position.
- Even v. t. [imp. & p. p. Evened ; p. pr. & vb. n. Evening ]
1. To make even or level; to level; to lay smooth.
His temple Xerxes evened with the soil. Sir. W. Raleigh.
It will even all inequalities Evelyn.
2. To equal. [Obs.] “To even him in valor.” Fuller.
3. 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; as, “to even the score”. Shak.
4. To set right; to complete.
5. To act up to; to keep pace with. Shak.
- Even v. i. To be equal. [Obs.] R. Carew.
- Even, adv. [AS. efne. See Even, a., and cf. E'en.]
1. In an equal or precisely similar manner; equally; precisely; just; likewise; as well. “Is it even so?” Shak.
Even so did these Gauls possess the coast. Spenser.
2. Up to, or down to, an unusual measure or level; so much as; fully; quite.
Thou wast a soldier
Even to Cato's wish. Shak.
Without . . . making us even sensible of the change. Swift.
3. As might not be expected; -- serving to introduce what is unexpected or less expected.
I have made several discoveries, which appear new, even to those who are versed in critical learning. Addison.
4. At the very time; in the very case.
I knew they were bad enough to please, even when I wrote them. Dryden.
☞ Even is sometimes used to emphasize a word or phrase. “I have debated even in my soul.” Shak.
By these presence, even the presence of Lord Mortimer. Shak.
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” ) .
The traditional proposal connecting the Germanic adjective with the root Proto-Indo-European *( H )aim-, *h₂eim-, *( H )iem- ( “similarity, resemblance” ) ( Latin imāgō ( “picture, image, likeness, copy” ), Latin aemulus ( “competitor, rival” ), Sanskrit यमस् ( yamás, “pair, twin” ) ) is problematic from a phonological point of view.
Old English efen
Old English ǣfen. Cognate with Dutch avond, German Abend .
By Wiktionary ( 2012/02/06 16:09 UTC Version )
From Middle English even-, efen-, from Old English efen- ( “equal, fellow-, co-” ), from efen ( “equal, even, level” ). More at even. Cognate with Scots evin- ( “equal-” ), Old Frisian ivin-, evn- ( “even-” ), Old High German eban- ( “even-” ) .
Explanation of even by Wordnet Dictionary
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