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E'VEN, a. [e'vn; Sax. efen; D. even; Gr. eben; Sw. efven; Pers. هُوَن hovan. The sense is, laid or pressed down, level.]

  1. Level; smooth; of an equal surface; flat; not rough or waving; as, an even tract of land; an even country; an even surface.
  2. Uniform; equal; calm; not easily ruffled or disturbed, elevated or depressed; as, an even temper.
  3. Level with; parallel to. And shall lay thee even with the ground. Luke xix.
  4. Not leaning. He could not carry his honors even. Shak.
  5. Equally favorable; on a level in advantage; fair. He met the enemy on even ground. The advocates meet on even ground in argument.
  6. Owing nothing on either side; having accounts balanced. We have settled accounts, and now are even.
  7. Settled; balanced; as, our accounts are even.
  8. Equal; as, even numbers.
  9. Capable of being divided into equal parts, without a reminder; opposed to odd. 4, 6, 8, 10, are even numbers. Let him tell me whether the number of the stars is even or odd. Taylor.

E'VEN, adv. [ev'n.]

  1. Noting a level or equality, or emphatically, a like manner or degree. As it has been done to you, even so shall it be done to others. Thou art a soldier even to Cato's wishes, that is, your qualities, as a soldier, are equal to his wishes.
  2. Noting equality or sameness of time; hence emphatically, the very time. I knew the facts, even when I wrote to you.
  3. Noting, emphatically, identity of person. And behold I, even I, do bring a flood of waters on the earth. Gen. vi.
  4. Likewise; in like manner. Here all their rage, and ev'n their murmurs cease. Pope
  5. So much as. We are not even sensible of the change.
  6. Noting the application of something to that which is less probably included in the phrase; or bringing something within a description, which is unexpected. The common people are addicted to this vice, and even the great are not free from it. He made several discoveries which are new, even to the learned. Here also we see the sense of equality, or bringing to a level. So in these phrases, I shall even let it pass. I shall even do more, we observe the sense of bringing the mind or will to a level with what is to be done.

E'VEN, v.i.

To be equal to. [Not used.] Carew.

E'VEN, v.t. [e'vn.]

  1. To make even or level; to level; to lay smooth. This will even all inequalities. Evelyn. This temple Xerxes evened with the soil. Ralegh.
  2. To place in an equal state, as to obligation, or in a state in which nothing is due on either side; to balance accounts. Shak.

  1. Evening. See Eve, n. 1.

    [Poetic.] Shak.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  4. To be equal.

    [Obs.] R. Carew.
  5. In an equal or precisely similar manner; equally; precisely; just; likewise; as well.

    "Is it even so?" Shak.

    Even so did these Gauls possess the coast. Spenser.

  6. Equable; not easily ruffed or disturbed; calm; uniformly self-possessed; as, an even temper.
  7. To equal.

    [Obs.] "To even him in valor." Fuller.
  8. 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. Swift.

  9. Parallel; on a level; reaching the same limit.

    And shall lay thee even with the ground. Luke xix. 44.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. To set right; to complete.
  14. At the very time; in the very case.

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

    * 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.

  15. Without an irregularity, flaw, or blemish; pure.

    "I know my life so even." Shak.
  16. To act up to; to keep pace with.

  17. Associate; fellow; of the same condition.

    [Obs.] "His even servant." Wyclif (Matt. xviii. 29).
  18. 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.

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EVE , noun e'vn.

1. The decline of the sun; the latter part or close of the day, and beginning of the night. Eve is used chiefly in poetry. In prose, we generally use evening.

Winter, oft at eve, resumes the breeze.

They, like so many Alexanders,

Have in these parts from morn till even fought.

2. Eve is used also for the fast or the evening before a holiday; as Christmas Eve.

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1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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