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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); see venture, and compare advent, convent, invent, etc., convene, evene, etc.



event (plural events)

  1. An occurrence; something that happens.
    • Macaulay
      the events of his early years
  2. 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:, II.3.3:
      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.
  3. (physics) A point in spacetime having three spatial coordinates and one temporal coordinate.
  4. (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.
  5. (probability theory) A set of some of the possible outcomes; a subset of the sample space.
    If 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: , , and .
  6. (obsolete) An affair in hand; business; enterprise.
    • Shakespeare
      Leave we him to his events.
  7. (medicine) An episode of severe health conditions.


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