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English Dictionary: Event by the DICT Development Group
4 results for Event
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. something that happens at a given place and time
  2. a special set of circumstances; "in that event, the first possibility is excluded"; "it may rain in which case the picnic will be canceled"
    Synonym(s): event, case
  3. a phenomenon located at a single point in space-time; the fundamental observational entity in relativity theory
  4. a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon; "the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise"; "his decision had depressing consequences for business"; "he acted very wise after the event"
    Synonym(s): consequence, effect, outcome, result, event, issue, upshot
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Event \E*vent"\, n. [L. eventus, fr. evenire to happen, come
      out; e out + venire to come. See {Come}.]
      1. That which comes, arrives, or happens; that which falls
            out; any incident, good or bad. [bd]The events of his
            early years.[b8] --Macaulay.
                     To watch quietly the course of events. --Jowett
                                                                              (Thucyd. )
                     There is one event to the righteous, and to the
                     wicked.                                             --Eccl. ix. 2.
      2. An affair in hand; business; enterprise. [Obs.] [bd]Leave
            we him to his events.[b8] --Shak.
      3. The consequence of anything; the issue; conclusion;
            result; that in which an action, operation, or series of
            operations, terminates.
                     Dark doubts between the promise and event. --Young.
      Syn: Incident; occurrence; adventure; issue; result;
               termination; consequence; conclusion.
      Usage: {Event}, {Occurrence}, {Incident}, {Circumstance}. An
                  event denotes that which arises from a preceding state
                  of things. Hence we speak or watching the event; of
                  tracing the progress of events. An occurrence has no
                  reference to any antecedents, but simply marks that
                  which meets us in our progress through life, as if by
                  chance, or in the course of divine providence. The
                  things which thus meet us, if important, are usually
                  connected with antecedents; and hence event is the
                  leading term. In the [bd]Declaration of
                  Independence[b8] it is said, [bd]When, in the cource
                  of human events, it becomes necessary.[b8] etc. Here,
                  occurrences would be out of place. An incident is that
                  which falls into a state of things to which is does
                  not primarily belong; as, the incidents of a journey.
                  The term is usually applied to things of secondary
                  importance. A circumstance is one of the things
                  surrounding us in our path of life. These may differ
                  greatly in importance; but they are always outsiders,
                  which operate upon us from without, exerting greater
                  or less influence according to their intrinsic
                  importance. A person giving an account of a campaign
                  might dwell on the leading events which it produced;
                  might mention some of its striking occurrences; might
                  allude to some remarkable incidents which attended it;
                  and might give the details of the favorable or adverse
                  circumstances which marked its progress.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Event \E*vent"\, v. t. [F. [82]venter to fan, divulge, LL.
      eventare to fan, fr., L. e out + ventus wind.]
      To break forth. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      1. An occurrence or happening of significance to a
      task or program, such as the completion of an asynchronous
      input/output operation.   A task may wait for an event or any
      of a set of events or it may (request to) receive asynchronous
      notification (a {signal} or {interrupt}) that the event has
      See also {event-driven}.
      2. A transaction or other activity that affects the
      records in a file.
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