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e·ven 1

a. Having a horizontal surface; flat: an even floor.
b. Having no irregularities, roughness, or indentations; smooth. See Synonyms at level.
c. Being in the same plane or line; parallel: The picture is even with the window.
a. Having no variations or fluctuations; uniform: the even rhythm of his breathing.
b. Of uniform distribution: an even application of varnish.
c. Placid; calm: an even temperament.
a. Equal or identical in degree, extent, or amount: Use even amounts of butter and sugar.
b. Equally matched or balanced: an even fight.
c. Just; fair: an even bargain.
d. Having nothing due on either side; square: If we each take half, then we'll be even.
e. Having exacted full revenge: He finally got even with his betrayer.
4. Having equal probability; as likely as not: an even chance of winning.
5. Sports
a. Having an equal score: The teams are even at halftime.
b. Being equal for each opponent. Used of a score.
6. Mathematics
a. Exactly divisible by 2.
b. Characterized or indicated by a number exactly divisible by 2.
a. Having an even number in a sequence.
b. Having an even number of members.
8. Having an exact amount, extent, or number; precise: an even pound; an even foot.
a. To a greater degree or extent. Used as an intensive with comparative adjectives and adverbs: This painting is good, but that one is even better.
b. Indeed; moreover. Used as an intensive: He was happy, even ecstatic. Even a child knows better.
c. Used as an intensive to indicate something that is unexpected: declined even to consider the idea.
2. At the same time as; already; just: Even as we watched, the turtle emerged from its shell.
3. To a degree that extends; fully: loyal even unto death.
4. Exactly; precisely: It was even as he said: the jewel was gone.
tr. & intr.v. e·vened, e·ven·ing, e·vens
To make or become even.
on an even keel
In a stable or unimpaired state: "There was good reason to keep relations with Washington on an even keel" (Helen Kitchen).

[Middle English, from Old English efen.]

e′ven·er n.
e′ven·ly adv.
e′ven·ness n.

e·ven 2

n. Archaic

[Middle English, from Old English ǣfen.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.evenness - the parity of even numbers (divisible by two)
parity - (mathematics) a relation between a pair of integers: if both integers are odd or both are even they have the same parity; if one is odd and the other is even they have different parity; "parity is often used to check the integrity of transmitted data"
2.evenness - a quality of uniformity and lack of variation
regularity - the quality of being characterized by a fixed principle or rate; "he was famous for the regularity of his habits"
smoothness - the quality of having a level and even surface; "the water was a glassy smoothness"; "the weather system of the Pacific is determined by the uninterrupted smoothness of the ocean"
unevenness, variability - the quality of being uneven and lacking uniformity
3.evenness - the quality of being balanced
equality - the quality of being the same in quantity or measure or value or status
unevenness - the quality of being unbalanced
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[ˈiːvənnɪs] N
1. (= smoothness) [of ground, surface] → lo liso, lo nivelado
2. (= uniformity) [of speed, temperature, progress] → lo constante; [of breathing, features] → regularidad f; [of distribution, colours] → uniformidad f
3. (= calmness) evenness of temperserenidad f, ecuanimidad f
the evenness of his voice did not betray the anger he felt insideel tono sosegado de su voz no revelaba la ira que sentía dentro
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(of ground)Ebenheit f
(= regularity)Gleichmäßigkeit f; (of progress)Stetigkeit f; (of breathing, pulse)Regelmäßigkeit f, → Gleichmäßigkeit f; (of temper)Ausgeglichenheit f
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(iːvən) adjective
1. level; the same in height, amount etc. Are the table-legs even?; an even temperature.
2. smooth. Make the path more even.
3. regular. He has a strong, even pulse.
4. divisible by 2 with no remainder. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 etc are even numbers.
5. equal (in number, amount etc). The teams have scored one goal each and so they are even now.
6. (of temperament etc) calm. She has a very even temper.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈevened
1. to make equal. Smith's goal evened the score.
2. to make smooth or level.
ˈevenly adverb
ˈevenness noun
be/get even with
to be revenged on. He tricked me, but I'll get even with him.
an even chancechanceeven out
1. to become level or regular. The road rose steeply and then evened out; His pulse began to even out.
2. to make smooth. He raked the soil to even it out.
3. to make equal. If Jane would do some of Mary's typing, that would even the work out.
even up
to make equal. John did better in the maths exam than Jim and that evened up their marks.
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She found herself taking pride in Rebecca's improved appearance, her rounder throat and cheeks, and her better color; she was wont to mention the length of Rebecca's hair and add a word as to its remarkable evenness and lustre, at times when Mrs.
The perpetual commendations of the lady, either on his handwriting, or on the evenness of his lines, or on the length of his letter, with the perfect unconcern with which her praises were received, formed a curious dialogue, and was exactly in union with her opinion of each.
He ran his fingers inside Michael's mouth and noted the strength and evenness of the teeth, measured the breadth of shoulders and depth of chest, and picked up a foot.
"Never; you have yourself always admired me for my evenness of temper."
Celia was not impulsive: what she had to say could wait, and came from her always with the same quiet staccato evenness. When people talked with energy and emphasis she watched their faces and features merely.
We've got the ambulance here and we're about ready to start." There was an evenness about the strange voice that she understood better than its words.
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In addition, their grain is distinguished by evenness, size.
The diversity of the zooplankton species in the lake was determined by richness and evenness indices, which were found as follows; Margalef Index 1.30 to 3.87, Shannon's Index 2.54 to 3.68, Simpson Index 0.92 to 0.97, Simpson's Reciprocal Index 12.25 to 37.69 and Pielou's Evenness Index 0.94 to 1.0.
The evenness and species richness was found to be 0.9244 and 1.3379 respectively.