from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being uneven.
  • noun Want of smoothness in regard to style or composition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun uncountable The quality or characteristic of being uneven; irregularity; inconsistency; the lack of smoothness or continuity.
  • noun countable The result or product of being uneven.
  • noun A rough or uneven thing.

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

  • noun the quality of being unbalanced
  • noun the quality of being uneven and lacking uniformity


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From uneven +‎ -ness.


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  • I maintain that the evident unevenness is not an attempt to ignore overtly what transpired before and in tandem with Swahili history, but rather that it is the result of an unfortunate tendency to assume that the Swahili achievements are occurred because of their historic associations with people and places external to the continent.

    Societies, Religion, and History: Central East Tanzanians and the World They Created, c. 200 BCE to 1800 CE 2008

  • "[I] f Jindabyne doesn't quite coalesce like its taut predecessor, it comes close enough; its unevenness is made up for by its ambitious wanderings through trickier, thought-provoking terrain, and, although it goes slack occasionally, clocking in at just over two hours, the film resonates with rhythmic momentum," writes Kristi Mitsuda at Reverse Shot.

    GreenCine Daily: Jindabyne. 2007

  • The stress field is a sprawling one, characterized by unevenness and lack of coordination not unlike many other domains within the behavioral and mental health sciences, with pockets of substantial development separated by faddish, superficial, or one-time forays.

    Handbook of Stress Leo Goldberger 1993

  • With a convention oven, the circulation of the heat can be uneven; this unevenness occurs when other pans and pots in the oven block the heat.

    Stabroek News Cynthia Nelson 2010

  • Yet there is a kind of unevenness to the Holocaust sites, with some focused on personal and individual experiences and others of broader scope.

    Annotated Webliography: Holocaust Resources on the Web « ResourceShelf 2010

  • This new phase of globalization in the world, which has grown more and more interdependent and is awash with opportunities and full of promise, has also been characterized by an unevenness in the way the world economy has developed—so much so that in the financial crisis it looked as if the economy has moved beyond any individual nation’s ability to manage or even navigate on its own.

    Beyond the Crash Gordon Brown 2010

  • The discussion made it clear that big media hasn’t yet quite figured out what to make of new media, and there was much talk of what Tom called the unevenness of current coverage.

    Obama's Speedy Rise, Measured in Conventions: Todd S. Purdum Purdum, Todd S. 2008

  • Officials noticed there was an "unevenness" in the lining of the shin pads.

    IOL: News 2010

  • [xxi] The very idea of "unevenness" presupposes a totality; it assumes that the different entities involved here are parts of a larger whole - capitalism and world-history.

    Kafila 2009

  • The Social Security Administration's inspector general is sending a team of fraud investigators to Puerto Rico, following a Wall Street Journal article Tuesday that revealed unevenness in the way disability benefits are awarded around the U.S.

    Disability Claims in Puerto Rico Get New Scrutiny Damian Paletta 2011


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