verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to make or become even, smooth, or flat: The wrinkles will even out when the suit dries.
- to become equal, balanced, stable, etc.: optimistic that the situation would even out eventually.
- eve's pudding,
- evelyn, john,
- even money,
- even out,
- even permutation,
- even so,
- even up
Origin of even1
Examples from the Web for evenness
The whole beauty of Brussels lace depends upon the evenness of the stitches.Beeton's Book of Needlework|Isabella Beeton
This grain is sown three times a year, since the fertility of the soil corresponds to the evenness of the seasons.De Orbe Novo, Volume 1 (of 2)|Trans. by Francis Augustus MacNutt
Thus one great charm that had attracted him to Constance was the evenness and smoothness of her temper.Godolphin, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
As the evenness of the match grew more apparent the players got more and more excited.St. Winifred's|Frederic W. Farrar
There is no smoothness and evenness of proper golfing turf about it.The Happy Golfer|Henry Leach
- (of a number) divisible by two
- characterized or indicated by such a numbermaps are on the even pages Compare odd (def. 4)
- a bet in which the winnings are the same as the amount staked
- (as modifier)the even-money favourite
Word Origin for even
Word Origin for even
Old English efen "level," also "equal, like; calm, harmonious; quite, fully; namely," from Proto-Germanic *ebnaz (cf. Old Saxon eban, Old Frisian even "level, plain, smooth," Dutch even, Old High German eban, German eben, Old Norse jafn, Danish jævn, Gothic ibns).
Etymologists are uncertain whether the original sense was "level" or "alike." Used extensively in Old English compounds, with a sense of "fellow, co-" (e.g. efeneald "of the same age;" Middle English even-sucker "foster-brother"). Of numbers, from 1550s. Modern adverbial sense (introducing an extreme case of something more generally implied) seems to have arisen 16c. from use of the word to emphasize identity ("Who, me?" "Even you," etc.) Sense of "on an equal footing" is from 1630s. Rhyming reduplication phrase even steven is attested from 1866; even break first recorded 1911. Even-tempered from 1875.
"to make level," Old English efnan (see even (adj.)).
"end of the day," Old English æfen, Mercian efen, Northumbrian efern (see eve).
In addition to the idioms beginning with even
- even money
- even so
- break even
- never give a sucker an even break
- on an even keel