Hypertext Webster Gateway: "even"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Even \E"ven\, a. [AS. efen. efn; akin to OS. eban, D. even, OHG.
eban, G. efen, Icel. jafn, Dan. jevn, Sw. j["a]mn, 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 ruffed 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.

4. Balanced; adjusted; fair; equitable; impartial; just to
both side; 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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Even \E"ven\n. [OE. eve, even, efen, [ae]fen. AS. [=ae]fen; akin
to OS. [=a]band, OFries, [=a]vend, D. avond, OHG. [=a]band,
Icel. aptan, Sw. afton, Dan. aften; of unknown origin. Cf.
{Eve}, {Evening}.]
Evening. See {Eve}, n. 1. [Poetic.] --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Even \E"ven\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Evened}; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To make even or level; to level; to lay smooth.

His temple Xerxes evened with the soil. --Sir. W.

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. --Shak.

4. To set right; to complete.

5. To act up to; to keep pace with. --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Even \E"ven\, v. i.
To be equal. [Obs.] --R. Carew.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Even \E"ven\, 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?''

Even so did these Gauls possess the coast.

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.

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.

4. At the very time; in the very case.

I knew they were had enough to please, even when I
wrote them. --Dryden.

Note: 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 WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: divisible by two [ant: {odd}]
2: 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" [syn: {fifty-fifty}]
3: 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"
[ant: {uneven}]
4: symmetrically arranged; "even (or regular) features; "a
regular polygon" [syn: {regular}]
5: occurring at fixed intervals; "a regular beat"; "the even
rhythm of his breathing" [syn: {regular}]
6: of the score in a contest; "the score is even" [syn: {tied(p)}]
adv 1: 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!"
2: in spite of; notwithstanding; "even when he is sick, he
works"; "even with his head start she caught up with him"
3: 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" [syn: {yet}, {still}]
4: to the full extent; "loyal even unto death"
v 1: make level or straight; "level the ground" [syn: {level}, {even
2: become even or more even; "even out the surface" [syn: {even
3: make even or more even [syn: {even out}]

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