• WordNet 3.6
    • adj even equal in degree or extent or amount; or equally matched or balanced "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"
    • adj even of the score in a contest "the score is tied"
    • adj even being level or straight or regular and without variation as e.g. in shape or texture; or being in the same plane or at the same height as something else (i.e. even with) "an even application of varnish","an even floor","the road was not very even","the picture is even with the window"
    • adj even divisible by two
    • adj even occurring at fixed intervals "a regular beat","the even rhythm of his breathing"
    • adj even symmetrically arranged "even features","regular features","a regular polygon"
    • adv even used as an intensive especially to indicate something unexpected "even an idiot knows that","declined even to consider the idea","I don't have even a dollar!"
    • adv even to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons "looked sick and felt even worse","an even (or still) more interesting problem","still another problem must be solved","a yet sadder tale"
    • adv even in spite of; notwithstanding "even when he is sick, he works","even with his head start she caught up with him"
    • adv even to the full extent "loyal even unto death"
    • v even make even or more even
    • v even become even or more even "even out the surface"
    • v even make level or straight "level the ground"
    • n even the latter part of the day (the period of decreasing daylight from late afternoon until nightfall) "he enjoyed the evening light across the lake"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'Good evening, skipper!'" "'Good evening, skipper!'"
Maia and the spiders in the evening Maia and the spiders in the evening
But the great fun of the evening But the great fun of the evening
An Evening at Maple Villa An Evening at Maple Villa
It seems as if the lagoons belonged to them this evening It seems as if the lagoons belonged to them this evening
Hannibal, whilst even yet a child, swears eternal hatred to the Romans Hannibal, whilst even yet a child, swears eternal hatred to the Romans

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Even though the rose does not bear any fruit, the rose hips have more Vitamin C than most vegetables and fruits
    • Even 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."
    • Even Associate; fellow; of the same condition. "His even servant."
    • Even At the very time; in the very case. "I knew they were bad enough to please, even when I wrote them.""By these presence, even the presence of Lord Mortimer."
    • Even 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."
    • Even Equable; not easily ruffled or disturbed; calm; uniformly self-possessed; as, an even temper.
    • n Even ēv"'n Evening. See Eve n. 1.
    • Even In an equal or precisely similar manner; equally; precisely; just; likewise; as well. "Is it even so?""Even so did these Gauls possess the coast."
    • Even 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.
    • Even 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."
    • Even Parallel; on a level; reaching the same limit. "And shall lay thee even with the ground."
    • Even To act up to; to keep pace with.
    • v. i Even To be equal.
    • Even To equal. "It [is] an impossibility for any creature to adequate God in his eternity.""To even him in valor."
    • Even To make even or level; to level; to lay smooth. "His temple Xerxes evened with the soil.""It will even all inequalities"
    • Even 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.
    • Even To set right; to complete.
    • Even Up to, or down to, an unusual measure or level; so much as; fully; quite. "Thou wast a soldier Even to Cato's wish.""Without . . . making us even sensible of the change."
    • Even Without an irregularity, flaw, or blemish; pure. "I know my life so even ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The world's highest mountain, even higher than Mt.Everest is Mauna Koa an underwater mountain which rises 33,476 feet and has its peak on the island of Hawaii.
    • even Level, plane, or smooth; hence, not rough or irregular; free from inequalities, irregularities, or obstructions: as, even ground; an even surface.
    • even Uniform in action, character, or quality; equal or equable; unvarying; unwavering: as, an even temper; to hold an even course.
    • even Situated on a level, or on the same level; being in the same line or plane; parallel; consentaneous; accordant: followed by with.
    • even On an equality in any respect; on an equal level or footing; of equal or the same measure or quantity; in an equivalent state or condition; equally balanced or adjusted: as, our accounts are even; an even chance; an even bargain; letters of even date; to get even with an antagonist.
    • even Plain to comprehension; lucid; clear.
    • even Without fractional parts; neither more nor less; entire; unbroken: as, an even mile; an even pound or quart; an even hundred or thousand.
    • even Divisible, as a number, by 2: thus, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, are even numbers: opposed to odd, as 1, 3, etc. See evenly even, unevenly even, below.
    • even Without projecting parts; having all the ends terminating in the same plane: in ornithology, said of the tail of a bird all the feathers of which are of equal length.
    • even In entomology, plane; horizontal, flat, and not deflexed at the margins: applied especially to the elytra when they form together a plane surface, and to the wings when they are extended horizontally in repose. [Even was formerly used in composition with the sense of fellow-or co-. See even-Christian, even-bishop, even-servant.]
    • n even In the Pythagorean philos., that element of the universe which is represented by the even numbers: identified with the unlimited and imperfect.
    • even In an even manner; so as to be even; straight; evenly: as, to run even.
    • even Straightway; directly.
    • even Just; exactly; at or to the very point; moreover; likewise; so much as: used to emphasize or strengthen an assertion: as, he was not satisfied even then; even this was not enough. In verse often contracted e'en.
    • even To make even or level; level; lay smooth.
    • even To place in an equal state as to claim or obligation, or in a state in which nothing is due on either side; balance, as accounts.
    • even To equal; compare; bring into comparison, as one thing with another; connect or associate, as one thing or person with another: as, such a charge can never be evened to me.
    • even To act up to; keep pace with.
    • even To be or become even; have or come to an equality in any respect; range, divide, settle, etc., evenly: followed by with.
    • n even Evening: the earlier word for evening, but now archaic or poetical.
    • n even Same as eve, 2.
    • n even Often contracted e'en.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To an observer standing on Pluto, the sun would appear no brighter than Venus appears in our evening sky.
    • adj Even ēv′n flat: level: uniform:
    • v.t Even to make even or smooth: to put on an equality:
    • adv Even exactly so: indeed: so much as: still
    • adv Even thoroughly
    • adj Even ēv′n (Shak.) straightforward: parallel: equal on both sides: not odd, able to be divided by 2 without a remainder
    • v.t Even (Shak.) to act up to
    • n Even ēv′n (poet.) evening: the night before a day of note: the time just preceding a great event.
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  • Robert C. Gallagher
    Robert C. Gallagher
    “Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward.”
  • Jean Paul Richter
    “Gray hairs seem to my fancy like the soft light of the moon, silvering over the evening of life.”
  • J. C. Macaulay
    J. C. Macaulay
    “Keep your heart right, even when it is sorely wounded.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    “For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “There is a fellowship more quiet even than solitude, and which, rightly understood, is solitude made perfect.”
  • Sri Swami Sivananda
    Sri Swami Sivananda
    “Put your heart, mind, intellect and soul even to your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.”


Break even - If you break even, you don't make any money, but you don't lose any either.
Dead even - If people competing are dead even, they are at exactly the same stage or moving at exactly the same speed.
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while - This expression means that even if people are ineffective or misguided, sometimes they can still be correct just by being lucky.
Even a broken clock is right twice a day - This is used when people get lucky and are undeservedly successful.('Even a stopped clock is right twice a day' is also used.)
Even keel - If something is on an even keel, it is balanced.
Even Stevens - If everything is equal between people, they are even Stevens.
Even the dogs in the street know - (Irish) This idiom is used frequently in Ireland, and means something is so obvious that even the dogs in the street know it.
Honours are even - If honours are even, then a competition has ended with neither side emerging as a winner.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ǽfen; Dut. avond; Ger. abend.


In literature:

That evening, at "Highlands," Douglas Graham was not an interesting companion.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
He bought an evening paper, picked out a new play, and spent a very agreeable evening at the theatre.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
It was a clear evening, and I had, perhaps, better not even try to tell you what Frey saw.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
It became manifest even to Neefit himself that the game could not be played out on this evening.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
All evening he lay with his head in Rose's lap, too tired even to tease her.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Of what use was it to be a princess by birth, like a dozen or more of the sisters, or even a noble, like all the others?
"Casa Braccio, Volumes 1 and 2 (of 2)" by F. Marion Crawford
If this first evening were only through, Gilmore thought that he could get some comfort, even from his uncle.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
The sun took away even what was left of it, and he saw nothing of it till the evening, after sunset.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
It is even more because even the anarchists are Englishmen.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
Even this very evening, while I am writing, he could give me many thousand pounds.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller

In poetry:

Nor the sweet murder
Dealt slow and even
Unto the martyr
Smiling at heaven:
"The Young Soldier" by Wilfred Owen
And the voice of the lark
At morn and even
Is a key to open
The gate of heaven.
"The Gypsy Woman" by Ethel Clifford
Even when she has gone
The patient seems to sense her there:
An upholding
"Ten Types of Hospital Visitor" by Charles Causley
"Even were their lies true,
Yet were you wise to
Swear, at Love's portal,
The god's immortal."
"Wedding Day" by Edith Nesbit
Let us relax, and rest a time
From our small thunder,
Even though idiots, wading slime,
Go under.
"Shouting Quiet" by Benjamin Musser
Not even eyes know what to say
to this rose of joy
open in my hands
or in the tresses of the day.
"Desperate Song" by Eugenio de Andrade

In news:

Evening News photo by TOM HAWLEY Dundee's Vanessa Ewing turns around on a jump shot as Summerfield's Rebekah Stevens Wednesday evening.
It's kind of like these banners, they represent so much, and even that name , even though it's mine, it represents so much more than an individual.
National polls are even and most battleground state polls are effectively even.
PICAYUNE — During our evening devotionals last evening wife Sheila and I read the account of the conflict between Sarah and Hagar in Abraham's family.
Some even get nervous on small tests or even if they know their facts well.
OXFORD LIVING — It may not even cover the brown grass, but even an inch or two of snow warrants sledding and snowball fights in Mississippi.
It even felt great then and even better now.
The winning numbers in Monday evening's drawing of the Massachusetts Lottery's "Evening Numbers" game were.
Even if you don't have the freedom to indulge your whims, try some different food or maybe a foreign movie this evening.
Migrant workers are more likely to get injured or even die while on the job than nonmigrant workers, experts said Tuesday evening at UC Merced.
Though even as I say that I know that's total jive, because I think about myself virtually 24/7, even when I'm thinking about, say, you, it's always with me in the foreground, perpetually murmuring yes, but how's my hair.
It might even rearrange your charges so it pays the largest first, potentially triggering even more overdrafts .
"The words that came out of my own mouth shocked even me - because I wasn't even thinking about it," Dukehart said.
The 19th Annual Park Avenue Holiday Open House runs tonight from 5 to 9 p.m. More than 70 Park Avenue businesses open their doors Thursday evening as part of an evening stroll on the Avenue.
If you're new to Twitter, or if you're not sure if you even want to give it a try, participating (or even just observing) a tweetchat is one of the best ways to see the professional possibilities that Twitter offers.

In science:

To even and odd wave functions there correspond even and odd values of M .
Dyon-Oscillator Duality
Since even orthogonal polynomials should have an even number of zeros, the relevant solution is thus given by the unstable fixed point x = −2 +√3.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
If we concentrate on the even model with a = 1/2 (for which b = 0), we see that the summation over random signs keeps only the walks for which all the edges are visited an even number of times.
Random incidence matrices: moments of the spectral density
We show that, as long as there is a compact dimension, one can meaningfully define an ‘NCOS’ limit of IIB/A string theory even in the absence of D-branes (and even if there is no B -field).
IIA/B, Wound and Wrapped
Since all columns ˆλi have even length, it follows that |λ| = k is even and then only is RO(n) (Tr M )k dM > 0; otherwise = 0 .
Integrable Lattices: Random Matrices and Random Permutations