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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something that takes place; an occurrence.
  • n. A significant occurrence or happening. See Synonyms at occurrence.
  • n. A social gathering or activity.
  • n. The final result; the outcome.
  • n. Sports A contest or an item in a sports program.
  • n. Physics A phenomenon or occurrence located at a single point in space-time, regarded as the fundamental observational entity in relativity theory.
  • idiom at all events In any case.
  • idiom in any event In any case.
  • idiom in the event If it should happen; in case.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An occurrence; something that happens.
  • n. An end result; an outcome (now chiefly in phrases).
  • n. A point in spacetime having three spatial coordinates and one temporal coordinate
  • n. 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.
  • n. A set of some of the possible outcomes; a subset of the sample space.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which comes, arrives, or happens; that which falls out; any incident, good or bad.
  • n. An affair in hand; business; enterprise.
  • n. The consequence of anything; the issue; conclusion; result; that in which an action, operation, or series of operations, terminates.
  • transitive v. To break forth.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which comes, arrives, or happens; that which falls out; especially, an occurrence of some importance; a distinctly marked incident: as, the succession of events.
  • n. The consequence of anything; that in which an action, an operation, or a series of operations terminates; the issue; conclusion; end.
  • n. In public games and sports, each contest or single proceeding in a program or series: as, the events of the day were a bicycle-race, a footrace, high jumps, etc.; the steeplechase was a spirited event.
  • n. A contingent, probable, or possible happening; a coming to pass; in the theory of probabilities, anything which may or may not be; any general state of things considered as having a probability: as, in the event of his death his interest will lapse.
  • To come out; break forth.
  • To bring to pass; execute.
  • To fan; cool.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a phenomenon located at a single point in space-time; the fundamental observational entity in relativity theory
  • n. something that happens at a given place and time
  • n. a special set of circumstances
  • n. a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

Etymologies

Latin ēventus, from past participle of ēvenīre, to happen : ē-, ex-, ex- + venīre, to come; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"); see venture, and compare advent, convent, invent, etc., convene, evene, etc. (Wiktionary)

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