steady implies lack of fluctuation or interruption of movement.
even suggests a lack of variation in quality or character.
an even distribution
equable implies lack of extremes or of sudden sharp changes.
maintain an equable temper
Examples of even in a Sentence
We finally reached even ground after the long climb.
They slowed down and waited for him to draw even.
She spoke with a calm, even voice.
the even beat of the drum Adverb
the blue whale is a huge, even awesome animal by any measure
I will love you even to the end of time. Verbeven the filling before adding the top layer of the cake
the contention that producing more arms will even us with the enemy and therefore make us more secure See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The double-layer heating wire covers the entire back of your hand, your thumb, and each finger, providing a more even distribution of safe, comfortable heat.—Jen Ator, Travel + Leisure, 19 Nov. 2023 Add dough strips: Spoon filling into prepared pie plate, smoothing to form an even surface; dot with butter.—Marian Cooper Cairns, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023 McNeill was the one keeping an even keel in those days.—Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 Pecking order: After the New Year’s Six slots are filled, the Holiday Bowl gets the third pick after the Alamo and Las Vegas bowls in the Pac-12 (note that in even years, the Holiday picks after the Alamo Bowl and before the Las Vegas Bowl).—Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Nov. 2023 Spread rice and sour cream mixture in an even layer in bottom of skillet.—Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 11 Nov. 2023 Part 4: India orders internet shutdowns more than any other country, blacking out entire states for weeks and even months at a time.—Joseph Menn, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2023 But these massive structures may be gone in a few years or even months if the plant’s owners, Tata Steel, and the British government have their way.—Stanley Reed Francesca Jones, New York Times, 30 Oct. 2023 Some shoots are a matter of days, whereas some take months or even years.—Olivia Morelli, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 Oct. 2023
The Slice Box Cutter is the only thing that makes dealing with Box Mountain even remotely feasible.—Condé Nast, WIRED, 28 Nov. 2023 Habba appeared to enjoy the exchange, even opting to continue the cross-examination when offered a break by the judge.—Peter Charalambous, ABC News, 27 Nov. 2023 But the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Monday that some hostages followed Israeli media and were even informed about various events.—Gabe Joselow, NBC News, 27 Nov. 2023 Shop even more stand-out Cyber Week deals: Amazon deals | Hotel & flight deals | Shoe deals | Editor favorites | Nordstrom deals | Luggage deals | Tech deals | Camping deals | All travel gear deals
All products featured in this story are independently selected by our editors.—Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Nov. 2023 Don’t even bother to read the rest of this caption—just run to Lulu and grab as many hoodies, joggers, and bras as your cart can handle.—Jake Smith, Glamour, 27 Nov. 2023 Looking to make your home sweet home even sweeter this season?—Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 Occasionally, Jean-Jacques will even top her billowing mane with an actual crown, solidifying her confidence in her appearance.—Audarshia Townsend, Parents, 27 Nov. 2023 In addition to questions over the use of force, Jennings also wondered out loud if an arrest for marijuana use was even necessary.—Cristian Santana, NBC News, 16 Nov. 2023
After defeating the Cardinals in October, the Rams evened their record at 3-3 and sparked optimism that a playoff berth was in reach.—Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 Hicks, who replaced Hays in left field after the Orioles’ cleanup man left the game with a bruised left hip suffered in a collision at first base, evened the game with a single.—Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 2 July 2023 Orlando evened the match on the ensuing set piece in the 27th minute.—oregonlive, 12 June 2023 The seven-time All-Pro came back from season-ending ankle surgery in 2022, and has recorded two-and-half sacks and eight tackles for losses for a Rams team that evened its record to 3-3 with a 26-9 victory over the Arizona Cardinals last week.—Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 After dropping Friday’s opener, the Beavers evened the series with a 6-5 victory, using two big swings and a big bullpen effort by bulldog reliever Ben Ferrer to earn their 14th win in the last 17 games.—Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 7 May 2023 The Miami Heat have evened the series against the Denver Nuggets.—Sopan Deb Allison Zaucha, New York Times, 21 June 2023 The Heat have continued to say all the right things, all while the Celtics have evened the series.—Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, 28 May 2023 Flat Rock got the ball back on its 35 after Airport couldn’t convert a fourth down, and the Rams evened things up in just two plays, as Booms took a screen pass from Junge, eluded the initial hit, and ran to daylight, making it 14-14 with 3:43 remaining before halftime.—Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, 9 Sep. 2023
Added niacinamide helps sooth the skin and evens skin tone, while squalane hydrates and smooths.—Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 12 Sep. 2023 Given the law of odds and evens that has governed the films, No. 5 should be a good one.—Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2023 Water-repellent nylon fabric makes this bag perfect for both rainy days and sweaty adventures, and unlike most bags with adjustable straps that leave one long piece left hanging, this pack is made with a thin piece of elastic that evens out the loop for a more streamlined appearance.—Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 4 Apr. 2023 This Kosas tinted moisturizer is infused with avocado oil, meadowfoam oil, raspberry oil, jojoba oil, and more — so your skin will get a surge of hydration while the formula also soothes and evens out your complexion.—Madison Yauger, Peoplemag, 31 Mar. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English efen; akin to Old High German eban even
Middle English, from Old English efne, from efen, adjective
Middle English even, eve, from Old English ǣfen
First Known Use
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2c