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Definitions for uneven
ʌnˈi vənun·even

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unevenadjective

    not even or uniform as e.g. in shape or texture

    "an uneven color"; "uneven ground"; "uneven margins"; "wood with an uneven grain"

  2. mismatched, unevenadjective

    (of a contest or contestants) not fairly matched as opponents

    "vaudeville...waged an uneven battle against the church"

  3. odd, unevenadjective

    not divisible by two

  4. unevenadjective

    variable and recurring at irregular intervals

    "an uneven gait"; "uneven spacing"

  5. spotty, uneven, scratchyadjective

    lacking consistency

    "the golfer hit the ball well but his putting was spotty"


  1. unevenadjective

    Not even

  2. unevenadjective

    Not level or smooth

  3. unevenadjective

    Not uniform

  4. unevenadjective

    Varying in quality

  5. Etymology: unefen, from un- + even.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unevenadjective

    These high wild hills, and rough, uneven ways,
    Draw out our miles, and make them wearisome. William Shakespeare.

    Some said it was best to fight with the Turks in that uneven, mountain country, where the Turks chief strength consisting in the multitude of his horsemen, should stand him in small stead. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    They made the ground uneven about their nest, insomuch that the slate did not lie flat. Addison.

    The Hebrew verse consists of uneven feet. Henry Peacham.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unevenadjective

    not even; not level; not uniform; rough; as, an uneven road or way; uneven ground

  2. Unevenadjective

    not equal; not of equal length

  3. Unevenadjective

    not divisible by two without a remainder; odd; -- said of numbers; as, 3, 7, and 11 are uneven numbers


  1. Uneven

    Uneven is the fifth studio album by the progressive metal band Sieges Even. It is the last album to feature Greg Keller on vocals and Wolfgang Zenk on guitar. It is also the last album the band released till 2005. The album, as it's predecessor, features keyboard elements and is very aggressive in lyrics and in sound. The album is a very rare album and is only available overseas.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Uneven

    un-ē′vn, adj. not even, smooth, straight, uniform, or just: odd, not divisible by two without remainder: ill-matched: difficult.—adv. Unē′venly.—n. Unē′veness, quality of not being even: want of an even surface: want of smoothness or uniformity.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of uneven in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of uneven in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of uneven in a Sentence

  1. Wes Moore:

    It’s impossible not to think about our past and our path. We’re blocks away from the Annapolis docks, where so many enslaved people arrived in this country against their will, and we are standing in front of a capitol that was built by their hands. We have made uneven and unimaginable progress since then.

  2. Chris Wolfe:

    Today's an emblematic day, showing the uneven effect of tariffs on the market, caterpillar, Boeing and other big companies that require a large global sales base are suffering.

  3. Aubree Norton:

    It's a very, very uneven playing field, i saw my own kids struggle with remote learning. I saw their mental health decline. They missed their friends.

  4. Hani Mowafi:

    There is a highly uneven distribution of resources across trauma hospitals in Syria and more work needs to be done to help target support to areas that are hardest hit.

  5. H. P. Lovecraft:

    Creative minds are uneven, and the best of fabrics have their dull spots.

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    either of two different animal or plant species living in close association but not interdependent
    • A. ostensive
    • B. commensal
    • C. repugnant
    • D. jejune

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