# event

## EnglishEdit

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### EtymologyEdit

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.

### PronunciationEdit

• IPA(key): /ɪˈvɛnt/
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### NounEdit

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, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, 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 $X$ 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: $X = 1$, $X = 2$, $X \ge 5, X \not = 4,$ and $X \isin \{1,3,5\}$.
6. (obsolete) An affair in hand; business; enterprise.
• Shakespeare
Leave we him to his events.

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