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  • 1Not level or smooth.

    ‘the floors are cracked and uneven’
    • ‘The teams were given just an hour-and-a-half to design and build a vehicle to carry astronauts and their equipment over the rough and uneven surface of the moon.’
    • ‘I can confirm the road surface in Southborough Lane definitely needed resurfacing in this area as it had very large potholes and an uneven surface.’
    • ‘The report did say that uneven road surfaces and potholes were quite dangerous and showed an inconsistency with the town centre.’
    • ‘The road surface had become uneven with potholes and poor camber.’
    • ‘He says many residents are fed up with the potholes and uneven surface.’
    • ‘She says she cannot even push Colin to the local shops because of all the potholes and the uneven surface.’
    • ‘Rough or uneven surfaces have the effect of softening bright light.’
    • ‘The blade currently does not perform well on uneven surfaces or in rocky areas.’
    • ‘The rough uneven surface of slate can seem quite riven, chipped and degraded.’
    • ‘This provides a smooth ride that absorbs a lot of the harshness of uneven road surfaces.’
    • ‘If a piece of the tooth has chipped off but the pulp is not damaged, the uneven edge may be smoothed and the corner replaced with a tooth-coloured filling.’
    • ‘Comfort levels are good and uneven roads were taken with aplomb.’
    • ‘The cobbles are very uneven and worn smooth by nine centuries of hooves and shoes, and as the mist becomes drizzle, they turn damp and slippery.’
    • ‘This blade can be used to level the machine in uneven terrain and to increase digging depth or dumping height.’
    • ‘If the surface seemed a bit bumpy or uneven, they used a small wet sponge to carefully smooth the clay's surface.’
    • ‘But huge traffic delays and heavy rain led to visitors complaining about muddy pathways and uneven road surfaces.’
    • ‘They are full of cracked or misaligned paving slabs or kerbstones, running fissures and uneven surfaces everywhere.’
    • ‘He also said the surface was very uneven and explained that this could damage his £800 racing bike.’
    • ‘However, those of us who walk on it every day have to be careful not to slip in the mud and twist our ankles on the uneven surfaces.’
    • ‘Avoid walking on uneven terrain, which could compromise your balance.’
    bumpy, rough, lumpy, stony, rocky, potholed, holey, rutted, rutty, pitted, jagged, cragged, craggy, dented, indented, knobby
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    1. 1.1Not regular, consistent, or equal.
      ‘the uneven distribution of resources’
      • ‘Many soils have an uneven distribution of resources owing to fertilizer applications and the periodic saturation of topsoil with rainwater.’
      • ‘The ethnic and religious strife is really a matter of an uneven distribution of economic resources and opportunities.’
      • ‘Some would say this does not address the very uneven distribution of resources.’
      • ‘But there is still a lack of resources and an uneven distribution of resources.’
      • ‘The uneven pattern is not consistent with a simple haplotype block structure.’
      • ‘For cluster sampling, rarity is just a form of uneven distribution.’
      • ‘Exacerbating the problem was the uneven distribution of water in China, particularly in the drought-prone north.’
      • ‘Anybody who wants a democratic society cannot accept excessively uneven income distribution.’
      • ‘The present uneven distribution of working hours is seriously affecting the personal well-being of many Australians.’
      • ‘It appears, then, that there is an uneven distribution of cultural industries across Sweden.’
      • ‘Poor posture causes uneven weight distribution and may strain your ligaments and muscles.’
      • ‘These statistics mask an uneven distribution of debt that mirrors the social divisions in society.’
      • ‘Murphy's acting, however, was uneven and never maintained consistency.’
      • ‘Probably the fairest thing to say about the show overall is that it was consistently uneven.’
      • ‘The writing style is wildly uneven and changes throughout the novel, sometimes intentionally, but not always.’
      • ‘For a start, the process of change was uneven throughout the region, and many elements of the communist past persisted.’
      • ‘It is, accordingly, inconsistent and uneven in quality of analysis and advice.’
      • ‘The public are not worried about uneven distribution of wealth but unfair distribution of wealth.’
      • ‘The distribution of family duties between men and women is uneven.’
      • ‘The world's distribution of animal and plant species is uneven.’
      irregular, unequal, differing, dissimilar, unlike, unalike, unidentical, unbalanced, lopsided, awry, askew, crooked, asymmetrical, unsymmetrical, disproportionate, not matching
      inconsistent, variable, varying, changeable, fluctuating, intermittent, wavering, irregular, erratic, patchy, bitty
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    2. 1.2(of a contest) not equally balanced.
      ‘Fran struggled briefly but soon gave up the uneven contest’
      • ‘But if it was merely an issue of community pride in an uneven contest why was no pressure exerted on the incumbent to step down?’
      • ‘The United States versus Brazil is a most uneven contest, and the smart money will not be betting on Lula.’
      • ‘This was an uneven contest with the Dunlavin girls showing superior skill and teamwork.’
      • ‘This is an uneven contest and the latter will survive to fight another day.’
      • ‘Two players contest the ball in an uneven contest dominated by the ADF.’
      • ‘The sheer building mass of the shopping town, in comparison with the council buildings, was an uneven contest.’
      • ‘Navratilova, whose world singles ranking is 700, admitted it had been a uneven contest.’
      • ‘A lot of them acquitted themselves very well, but it was just such an uneven contest.’
      • ‘It would be an uneven match in terms of learning and informed understanding.’
      • ‘Sold out weeks in advance, this was a double headliner, but it was an uneven match.’
      • ‘The plain fact is, he kept the Giants afloat in a strange, uneven championship season.’
      • ‘If selectors pick a player just to fill a quota, not only will the field remain uneven, the team will suffer a lack of balance too.’
      one-sided, unequal, unfair, unjust, inequitable, ill-matched, unbalanced, lopsided
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/ˌənˈēvən/ /ˌənˈivən/


Old English unefen ‘not corresponding exactly’ (see un-, even).