E·ven v. i. To be equal. [Obs.]
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. --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.
Note: ☞ Even is sometimes used to emphasize a word or phrase. “I have debated even in my soul.”
By these presence, even the presence of Lord Mortimer. --Shak.
E·ven n. Evening. See Eve, n. 1. [Poetic.]
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.”
6. Associate; fellow; of the same condition. [Obs.] “His even servant.”
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.
E·ven 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.”
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.
4. To set right; to complete.
5. To act up to; to keep pace with.
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"
4: symmetrically arranged; "even features"; "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 tied" [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: flush, level,
2: become even or more even; "even out the surface" [syn: even
3: make even or more even [syn: even out]