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  4  definitions  found 
 
  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  ``The  events  of  his  early 
  years.''  --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.]  ``Leave  we 
  him  to  his  events.''  --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  ``Declaration  of  Independence'' 
  it  is  said  ``When,  in  the  cource  of  human  events,  it 
  becomes  necessary.''  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.  ['e]venter  to  fan,  divulge,  LL 
  eventare  to  fan,  fr.,  L.  e  out  +  ventus  wind.] 
  To  break  forth.  [Obs.]  --B.  Jonson 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  event 
  n  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"  [syn:  {case}] 
  3:  (relativity  theory)  a  phenomenon  located  at  a  single  point 
  in  space-time;  the  fundamental  observational  entity  in 
  relativity  theory 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  event 
 
  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 
  occurred. 
 
  See  also  {event-driven}. 
 
  2.    A  transaction  or  other  activity  that  affects  the 
  records  in  a  file. 
 
  (2000-02-09) 
 
 




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