Pronunciation: (ē'vun), [key]
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. Math.(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. break even, to have one's profits equal one's losses; neither gain nor lose: The company barely broke even last year.
9. get even, 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. even out,
a. to make or become even, smooth, or flat: The wrinkles will even out when the suit dries.
b. to become equal, balanced, stable, etc.: optimistic that the situation would even out eventually.


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


Pronunciation: (ā'wun, ev'un), [key]
pl. E•vens, (esp. collectively) E•ven for 1.

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 Lamut.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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