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Usage statistics for the noun event:

spoken English19%written English81% imaginative writing21.01%informational writing78.99%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun event:


Event is sometimes a misspelling of even.

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Definition of the noun event

What does event mean as a name of something?

Event is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.

noun - plural: events

  1. something that happens at a given place and time
    • lexical domain: Tops - unique beginner for nouns
    • more generic term: psychological feature = a feature of the mental life of a living organism
    • more specific terms:
      • human activity / human action / deed / act = something that people do or cause to happen
      • group action = action taken by a group of people
      • might-have-been = an event that could have occurred but never did
      • nonevent = an anticipated event that turns out to be far less significant than was expected
      • natural event / occurrence / happening / occurrent = an event that happens
      • social event = an event characteristic of persons forming groups
      • miracle = a marvellous event manifesting a supernatural act of a divine agent
      • migration = the nonrandom movement of an atom or radical from one place to another within a molecule
      • make-up / makeup = an event that is substituted for a previously cancelled event
      • zap = a sudden event that imparts energy or excitement, usually with a dramatic impact
    • instance: Fall = the lapse of mankind into sinfulness because of the sin of Adam and Eve
  2. a special set of circumstances
    • example: in that event, the first possibility is excluded
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of event: case
    • more generic word: circumstance = a condition that accompanies or influences some event or activity
  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
    • example: he acted very wise after the event
    • lexical domain: Natural Phenomena - nouns denoting natural phenomena
    • synonyms of event: consequence / effect / issue / outcome / result / upshot
    • more generic word: phenomenon = any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
    • more specific terms:
      • materialisation / materialization / offspring = something that comes into existence as a result
      • aftereffect = any result that follows its cause after an interval
      • aftermath / backwash / wake = the consequences of an event
      • bandwagon effect = the phenomenon of a popular trend attracting even greater popularity
      • brisance = the shattering or crushing effect of a sudden release of energy as in an explosion
      • butterfly effect = the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago
      • by-product / byproduct = a secondary and sometimes unexpected consequence
      • change = the result of alteration or modification
      • coattails effect = the consequence of one popular candidate in an election drawing votes for other members of the same political party
      • Coriolis effect = an effect whereby a body moving in a rotating frame of reference experiences the Coriolis force acting perpendicular to the direction of motion and to the axis of rotation
      • dent = an appreciable consequence
      • domino effect = the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events
      • harvest = the consequence of an effort or activity
      • impact / wallop = a forceful consequence
      • influence = the effect of one thing (or person) on another
      • knock-on effect = a secondary or incidental effect
      • outgrowth / offshoot / branch / offset = a natural consequence of development
      • product = a consequence of someone's efforts or of a particular set of circumstances
      • placebo effect = any effect that seems to be a consequence of administering a placebo; the change is usually beneficial and is assumed result from the person's faith in the treatment or preconceptions about what the experimental drug was supposed to do
      • position effect = the effect on the expression of a gene that is produced by changing its location in a chromosome
      • reverberation / repercussion = a remote or indirect consequence of some action
      • response = a result
      • side effect / fallout = any adverse and unwanted secondary effect
      • spillover = any indirect effect of public expenditure

Alternative definition of the noun event


  1. An occurrence; something that happens.
  2. An end result; an outcome (now chiefly in phrases).
  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.

Specialised definition of the noun event

Glossary of sports

an action or activity (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

an organised activity in which several players or teams compete against each other (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


"Event" a.k.a. "The Event" is a 2003 drama film directed by Thom Fitzgerald. It tells the story of Matt Shapiro who has died in Manhattan, resulting in an aborted 9-1-1 call. Attorney Nick DeVivo interviews Matt's friends and family to piece together a portrait of Matt's life and finally his death.


Event is a musical group.

  • members:
  • albums: "Electric Skies", "Human Condition", "Rock in New Age", "Scratching at the Surface"


  1. Event: In probability theory, an event is a set of outcomes of an experiment to which a probability is assigned. A single outcome may be an element of many different events, and different events in an experiment are usually not equally likely, since they may include very different groups of outcomes.
    • also known as الحادث
  2. Event: In philosophy, events are objects in time or instantiations of properties in objects. However, a universal definition has not been reached, as multiple theories exist concerning events.
  3. Event: In computing, an event is an action or occurrence detected by the program that may be handled by the program. Typically events are handled synchronously with the program flow, that is, the program has one or more dedicated places where events are handled, frequently an event loop. Typical sources of events include the user. Another source is a hardware device such as a timer. Any program can trigger its own custom set of events as well, e.g. to communicate the completion of a task. A computer program that changes its behavior in response to events is said to be event-driven, often with the goal of being interactive.
  4. Event: In physics, and in particular relativity, an event indicates a physical situation or occurrence, located at a specific point in space and time. For example, a glass breaking on the floor is an event; it occurs at a unique place and a unique time, in a given frame of reference.
  5. Event: In particle physics, an event refers to the results just after a fundamental interaction took place between subatomic particles, occurring in a very short time span, at a well-localized region of space. Because of the quantum uncertainty principle, an event in particle physics does not have quite the same meaning as it does in the theory of relativity, in which an "event" is an point in spacetime which can be known exactly, i.e. a spacetime coordinate.
  6. Event: An event in the Unified Modeling Language is a notable occurrence at a particular point in time.
  7. Event: In computer science, an event is a type of synchronization mechanism that is used to indicate to waiting processes when a particular condition has become true.
  8. Event a.k.a. Event movie: An event movie is a film whose release itself is considered a major event, such as an anticipated sequel or a big budget film with major stars generating considerable attention and state-of-the-art special effects. An event movie is usually the highest-grossing box office movie in the particular year and becomes a part of popular culture. Steven Spielberg's 1975 movie Jaws is considered the first event movie.
  9. The event that this is a competition of.
  10. Event: The specific competition. Competitions should be entered following this format: Pairs Figure Skating, 2004 Winter Olympics.
  11. Event: An event can be described by the time or date at which it happened. Events can also themselves be collections of events, such as a conference is a collection of sessions or a festival is a collection of acts.
  12. Event: The specific competition in which this medal was won. Competitions should be entered following this format: Pairs Figure Skating, 2004 Winter Olympics.
  13. event: One or more scholar events where this proceedings comes from.

Phrases with Event

Phrases starting with the word Event:

  1. Event Horizon
  2. event planner

Phrases ending with the word Event:

  1. Non-event
  2. news event
  3. field event
  4. happy event
  5. sales event
  6. track event
  7. chance event
  8. Credit event
  9. diving event
  10. in any event
  11. social event
  12. blessed event
  13. natural event
  14. Doomsday event
  15. dramatic event
  16. periodic event
  17. Sentinel event
  18. swimming event

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Printed books with definitions for Event

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Google previewAlgorithms for Biological Network Alignment

The distribution for the protein deletion event is a Bernoulli distribution with a parameter that depends on the length of the phylogenetic tree branch over which the event occurs. Specifically, Pvg(pd = l\t) = 1 - Prg (pd = 0\t) = afeM-ffi) + dg where ...

Google previewOperations Management (2009)

by David Alan Collier, James R. Evans

An event is any action that changes the system.

Google previewCorrective Justice (2012)

by Ernest J. Weinrib

In the second way, paradigmatically set out in Kelsen's pure theory of law, the causative event is the condition of the remedial response. For each of...

In the first, the causative event is a condition of the response because it is the reason for it.

Google previewMind on Statistics (2011)

by Jessica M. Utts, Robert F. Heckard

A simple event is a unique possible outcome of a random circumstance.

Google previewInnovative Computing Technology (2011)

First International Conference, INCT 2011, Tehran, Iran, December 13-15, 2011, Proceedings by Pit Pichappan, Hojat Ahmadi, Ezendu Ariwa

An event is an occurrence that changes the state of the system. The system state variables are the...

An exogenous event is the arrival of a customer for service since that occurrence is outside of the system. However, the arrival of a customer ...

Google previewCritical Infrastructure System Security and Resiliency (2016)

by Betty Biringer, Eric Vugrin, Drake Warren

For the malevolent threat, the initiating event is the adversary attack on the specific facility or infrastructure. For the natural hazard threats, the initiating event is the natural hazard occurrence in the immediate vicinity of the specific facility or ...

Google previewDeploying Orientalism in Culture and History (2013)

From Germany to Central and Eastern Europe by James R. Hodkinson, John Walker, Johannes Feichtinger, Shaswati Mazumdar

The first event is the Damascus affair (1840), in which Damascan Jews were forced to confess under torture to the ritual murder of a Christian priest. The incident was widely covered in the leading European and German dailies in general and ...

Google previewFundamentals of ActionScript 3.0 (2011)

Develop and Design by Doug Winnie

The first event is the TimerEvent.TIMER, which has a callback function named tickClock. This changes the...

Google previewMathematics: A Practical Odyssey (2011)

by David B. Johnson, Thomas A. Mowry

An event is a subset of the sample space; an outcome is an element of the sample space. “Rolling an odd number” is an event, not an outcome. It is the set { 1, 3, 5} that is composed of three separate outcomes. Some events are distinguished ...

Google previewHomeland and Philosophy (2014)

by Robert Arp

The first event is the apparent suicide of one of US Marine Gunnery Sergeant Nicholas Brody's former jailers, while this...

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Quotes about Event

Your event is beginning to take place,
For it is longer and better to be this.
Your event is pleasant and grand,
For it is bigger and huger to become.
Events are monsterous and happy,
For all time it is. For each man it is. For the event it is. (Naveed Akram)
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Scrabble value of E1V4E1N1T1

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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