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Etymology 1

From Middle French event, from Latin ēventus (“an event, occurrence”), from ēveniō (“to happen, to fall out, to come out”), from ē (“out of, from”), short form of ex + veniō (“come”); related to venture, advent, convent, invent, convene, evene, etc.



event (plural events)

  1. An occurrence; something that happens.
    • Macaulay
      the events of his early years
  2. A prearranged social activity (function, etc.)
    I went to an event in San Francisco last week.
    Where will the event be held?
  3. One of several contests that combine to make up a competition.
  4. An end result; an outcome (now chiefly in phrases).
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069; The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, partition 2, section 3, member 3:
      hard beginnings have many times prosperous events […].
    • 1707, Semele, by Eccles and Congrieve; scene 8
      Of my ill boding Dream / Behold the dire Event.
    • Young
      dark doubts between the promise and event
    In the event, he turned out to have what I needed anyway.
  5. (physics) A point in spacetime having three spatial coordinates and one temporal coordinate.
  6. (computing) A possible action that the user can perform that is monitored by an application or the operating system (event listener). When an event occurs an event handler is called which performs a specific task.
  7. (probability theory) A set of some of the possible outcomes; a subset of the sample space.
    If X {\displaystyle X} is a random variable representing the toss of a six-sided die, then its sample space could be denoted as {1,2,3,4,5,6}. Examples of events could be: X = 1 {\displaystyle X=1} , X = 2 {\displaystyle X=2} , X ≥ 5 , X ≠ 4 , {\displaystyle X\geq 5,X\not =4,} and X ∈ { 1 , 3 , 5 } {\displaystyle X\in \{1,3,5\}} .
  8. (obsolete) An affair in hand; business; enterprise.
    • Shakespeare
      Leave we him to his events.
  9. (medicine) An episode of severe health conditions.
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occurrence one of several contests that combine to make up a sports competition point in spacetime (physics) computing: action which triggers an event handler probability theory: a set of some of the possible outcomes (medicine) An episode of severe health conditions
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event (third-person singular simple present events, present participle eventing, simple past and past participle evented)

  1. (obsolete) To occur, take place.
    • 1590, Robert Greene, Greene’s Never Too Late, in The Life and Complete Works in Prose and Verse of Robert Greene, Volume 8, Huff Library, 1881, p. 33,[1]
      […] I will first rehearse you an English Historie acted and evented in my Countrey of England […]

Etymology 2

From French éventer.


event (third-person singular simple present events, present participle eventing, simple past and past participle evented)

  1. (obsolete, intransitive) To be emitted or breathed out; to evaporate.
    • c. 1597, Ben Jonson, The Case is Altered, Act V, Scene 8, in C. H. Herford and Percy Simpson (editors), Ben Jonson, Volume 3, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1927, p. 178,[2]
      ô that thou sawst my heart, or didst behold
      The place from whence that scalding sigh evented.
    • 1615, William Barclay, Callirhoe; commonly called The Well of Spa or The Nymph of Aberdene, Aberdeen, 1799, p. 12,[3]
      This is the reason why this water hath no such force when it is carried, as it hath at the spring it self: because the vertue of it consisteth in a spiritual and occulte qualitie, which eventeth and vanisheth by the carriage.
  2. (obsolete, transitive) To expose to the air, ventilate.
    • 1559, attributed to William Baldwin, “How the Lorde Clyfford for his straunge and abhominable cruelty came to as straunge and sodayne a death” in The Mirror for Magistrates, Part III, edited by Joseph Haslewood, London: Lackington, Allen & Co., 1815, Volume 2, p. 198,[4]
      For as I would my gorget have undon
      To event the heat that had mee nigh undone,
      An headles arrow strake mee through the throte,
      Where through my soule forsooke his fylthy cote.
    • 1598, George Chapman, The Third Sestiad, Hero and Leander (completion of the poem begun by Christopher Marlowe),[5]
      […] as Phœbus throws
      His beams abroad, though he in clouds be clos’d,
      Still glancing by them till he find oppos’d
      A loose and rorid vapour that is fit
      T’ event his searching beams, and useth it
      To form a tender twenty-colour’d eye,
      Cast in a circle round about the sky […]
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