Definition of evenly in English:



  • 1So as to present a flat or uniform surface or line.

    ‘scoop cream on to the cake and spread evenly’
    • ‘The screen is very evenly lit, probably owing to the LED backlight.’
    • ‘The interior space is evenly lit.’
    • ‘He was in top physical shape from hiking and rock climbing, his lean and muscular frame evenly tanned.’
    • ‘Shake the pepper on to a sheet of greaseproof paper and press the steaks in the pepper until evenly coated.’
    • ‘The trick is to have just enough sauce to evenly coat the pasta, so that it doesn't swim in it or stick to the roof of your mouth.’
    • ‘These prints are evenly saturated with color and a bright, almost lurid, light of a consistent value.’
    • ‘Concealer should be spread evenly using a dry sponge or your fingers.’
    • ‘Press the dough into the mold as thinly and evenly as possible.’
    • ‘Varnishes are usually applied with a brush and flow on evenly and smoothly.’
    • ‘If you are growing custard apples, bananas, sapodillas, and carambolas, they could all do with a dressing of citrus and fruit tree fertiliser spread evenly around under the leaf canopy.’
  • 2In equal numbers, amounts, or values.

    ‘the jackpot will be split evenly among the holders of the three tickets’
    • ‘The ten chapters are pretty evenly weighted and sandwiched between the useful introduction and epilogue sections.’
    • ‘Patients were typically elderly and evenly divided between men and women.’
    • ‘The public is evenly divided: 34 % agree and 34 % disagree.’
    • ‘Chill the mixture for 30 minutes, then divide into eight evenly sized burgers.’
    • ‘Local opinion had been almost evenly split, 45 per cent of those questioned in a radio poll favouring cancellation.’
    1. 2.1 With each having an equal chance.
      ‘the match was evenly balanced throughout the first half’
      ‘an evenly contested game’
      • ‘We were very evenly matched when we sparred.’
      • ‘The law should be applied evenly throughout a community.’
      • ‘The fight seems to be evenly balanced.’
      • ‘With both teams back on equal footing, the match became a fiercely and evenly contested battle.’
      • ‘He said that major infrastructure projects could now be in place if the rights of developers and private individuals were more evenly balanced.’
      • ‘Their relationship was a game of mental chess between two evenly matched players.’
      • ‘An evenly contested first half saw only one point between the sides at the break.’
    2. 2.2 With equal space or time between each; regularly.
      ‘a series of evenly spaced dots’
      ‘he was breathing evenly, fast asleep’
      • ‘In the experiment, artificial nests were evenly distributed in territories of different attractiveness.’
      • ‘Inmates live in barracks-style open bays with rows of beds spaced evenly behind long, ceiling-to-floor gray metal bars.’
      • ‘These hotspots are not evenly distributed, and are located on the boundaries between the plates, called faults.’
      • ‘Outside the bar counter were stationed twelve equally elaborate oak tables, spaced evenly around the dining room.’
      • ‘He said he hoped the increase would be spread evenly over the five years.’
    3. 2.3 Calmly and without strong emotion or variation.
      ‘he speaks evenly and softly’
      • ‘He continues to answer evenly, with remarkable honesty, until right at the end, when the PR comes to rescue him.’
      • ‘I distinctly remember a young girl sitting in a classroom, as the counterrevolutionary forces are entering Paris, explaining evenly and carefully the differences between the two social forces.’
      • ‘He spoke softly, evenly, often lapsing into a thoughtful whisper.’
      • ‘I replied firmly and evenly, "Steak and eggs, medium rare and over easy."’
      • ‘"Of course, my mistake," he replied evenly.’
  • 3Used to indicate a number that is divisible by two without a remainder.

    ‘signals are numbered evenly, 2, 4, 6, 8, etc.’
    • ‘She set each alternate, evenly numbered, verse to different music.’
    • ‘Prefix signals are numbered evenly, 2, 4, 6, 8, etc.’
    • ‘The Bangkok-based portion, popular for its street vendors, restaurants and nightlife, is intersected by dozens of streets that are evenly numbered along one side and oddly numbered along the other.’
    • ‘The 64,170-SF dormitory will be home to 290 residents, with female students living on evenly numbered floors and male students on odd ones.’
    • ‘Each evenly numbered chapter is titled the same way.’
    • ‘The way things are headed, they might end up with a 9–7 record purely by virtue of the fact that their bye week falls on an evenly numbered week.’