[eev-ning] /ˈiv nɪŋ/
the latter part of the day and early part of the night.
the period from sunset to bedtime:
He spent the evenings reading.
Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. the time between noon and sunset, including the afternoon and twilight.
any concluding or declining period:
the evening of life.
an evening’s reception or entertainment:
Their evenings at home were attended by the socially prominent.
of or relating to evening:
The evening sky shone with stars.
occurring or seen in the evening:
the evening mist.
[ee-vuh n] /ˈi vən/
level; flat; without surface irregularities; smooth:
an even road.
on the same level; in the same plane or line; parallel:
even with the ground.
free from variations or fluctuations; regular:
uniform in action, character, or quality:
to hold an even course.
equal in measure or quantity:
Add even amounts of oil and vinegar.
divisible by two, as a number (opposed to ).
denoted by such a number:
the even pages of a book.
exactly expressible in integers, or in tens, hundreds, etc., without fractional parts:
an even seven miles.
Mathematics. (of a function) having a sign that remains the same when the sign of each independent variable is changed at the same time.
equally balanced or divided; equal:
Check to see if the scales are even.
leaving no balance of debt on either side; square:
We will not be even until I can repay him for saving my life.
calm; placid; not easily excited or angered:
an even temper.
equitable, impartial, or fair:
an even bargain.
The road ran even over the fields.
still; yet (used to emphasize a comparative):
even more suitable.
(used to suggest that something mentioned as a possibility constitutes an extreme case or an unlikely instance):
Even the slightest noise disturbs him. Even if he attends, he may not participate.
just (used to emphasize occurrence, coincidence, or simultaneousness of occurrences):
Even as he lay dying, they argued over his estate.
fully or quite:
even to death.
indeed (used as an intensive for stressing the identity or truth of something):
He is willing, even eager, to do it.
exactly or precisely:
It was even so.
verb (used with object)
to make even; level; smooth (sometimes followed by out):
to even a board with a plane.
to place in an even state as to claim or obligation; balance (often followed by up):
to even up accounts.
verb (used without object)
to become even:
The odds evened before the race.
break even, to have one’s profits equal one’s losses; neither gain nor lose:
The company barely broke even last year.
get even, to be revenged; retaliate:
He vowed to get even for the insult.
the latter part of the day, esp from late afternoon until nightfall
the latter or concluding period: the evening of one’s life
the early part of the night spent in a specified way: an evening at the theatre
an entertainment, meeting, or reception held in the early part of the night
(Southern US & Brit, dialect) the period between noon and sunset
(modifier) of, used, or occurring in the evening: the evening papers
level and regular; flat: an even surface
(postpositive) foll by with. on the same level or in the same plane (as): one surface even with another
without variation or fluctuation; regular; constant: an even rate of progress
not readily moved or excited; placid; calm: an even temper
equally balanced between two sides: an even game
equal or identical in number, quantity, etc: two even spoonfuls of sugar
relating to or denoting two or either of two alternatives, events, etc, that have an equal probability: an even chance of missing or catching a train
having no balance of debt; neither owing nor being owed
just and impartial; fair: an even division
exact in number, amount, or extent: an even pound
equal, as in score; level: now the teams are even
(maths) (of a function) unchanged in value when the sign of the independent variable is changed, as in y = z² See odd (sense 8)
(informal) get even, to exact revenge (on); settle accounts (with)
(law, formal or obsolete) of even date, of the same or today’s date
(intensifier; used to suggest that the content of a statement is unexpected or paradoxical): even an idiot can do that
(intensifier; used with comparative forms): this is even better
notwithstanding; in spite of: even having started late she soon caught him up
used to introduce a more precise version of a word, phrase, or statement: he is base, even depraved
used preceding a clause of supposition or hypothesis to emphasize the implication that whether or not the condition in it is fulfilled, the statement in the main clause remains valid: even if she died he wouldn’t care
(archaic) that is to say; namely (used for emphasis): he, even he, hath spoken these things
(archaic) all the way; fully: I love thee even unto death
(conjunction) even as, at the very same moment or in the very same way that: even as I spoke, it thundered
even so, in spite of any assertion to the contrary: nevertheless
to make or become even
an archaic word for eve, evening
from Old English æfnung “evening, sunset,” verbal noun from æfnian “become evening, grow toward evening,” from æfen “evening” (see eve). As a synonym of even (n.), it dates from mid-15c. and now entirely replaces the older word in this sense. Another Old English noun for “evening” was cwildtid.
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).
Divisible by 2 with a remainder of 0, such as 12 or 876.
On the same footing: When you hit me we’ll be even (1637+)
the period following sunset with which the Jewish day began (Gen. 1:5; Mark 13:35). The Hebrews reckoned two evenings of each day, as appears from Ex. 16:12: 30:8; 12:6 (marg.); Lev. 23:5 (marg. R.V., “between the two evenings”). The “first evening” was that period when the sun was verging towards setting, and the “second evening” the moment of actual sunset. The word “evenings” in Jer. 5:6 should be “deserts” (marg. R.V.).
see: good day (evening)
noun 1. a small handbag made of rich fabric or beaded, ornamented, etc., and carried by women on formal or dressy occasions, usually in the evening.
noun 1. a sticky, hairy European weed, Silene alba, of the pink family, having night-blooming, fragrant flowers, the male and female of which grow on separate plants.
- Evening class
noun 1. a class held in the evenings at certain colleges, normally for adults
noun 1. peridot: not a true emerald.