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. 44)

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."

6. Associate; fellow; of the same condition. "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, in a level or horizontal position.

Origin: AS. Efen. Efn; akin to OS. Eban, D. Even, OHG. Eban, G. Efen, Icel. Jafn, Dan. Jevn, Sw. Jamn, Goth. Ibns. Cf. Anent, Ebb.

(01 Mar 1998)

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