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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.