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’
    • ‘Concealer should be spread evenly using a dry sponge or your fingers.’
    • ‘He was in top physical shape from hiking and rock climbing, his lean and muscular frame evenly tanned.’
    • ‘These prints are evenly saturated with color and a bright, almost lurid, light of a consistent value.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The screen is very evenly lit, probably owing to the LED backlight.’
    • ‘The interior space is evenly lit.’
    • ‘Shake the pepper on to a sheet of greaseproof paper and press the steaks in the pepper until evenly coated.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Press the dough into the mold as thinly and evenly as possible.’
  • 2In equal numbers, amounts, or values.

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

    ‘signals are numbered evenly, 2, 4, 6, 8, etc.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘She set each alternate, evenly numbered, verse to different music.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Prefix signals are numbered evenly, 2, 4, 6, 8, etc.’