1) ADJ-GRADED An uneven surface or edge is not smooth, flat, or straight.

He staggered on the uneven surface of the car park...

She gazed round the church at the grey uneven walls and the vivid stained glass windows.

...uneven teeth.

Derived words:
unevenly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

...wearing dresses that pinched at the armholes, that hung as unevenly as flags...

My cuticles were split and ragged, and my nails unevenly bitten.

2) ADJ-GRADED Something that is uneven is not regular or consistent.

He could hear that her breathing was uneven...

What kids experience now is an uneven rate of development. They are forced to be older than their years.

Derived words:
unevenly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

Winds are generated by the sun as it unevenly heats the earth's surface...

The steaks were unevenly cooked.

3) ADJ-GRADED If you describe something as uneven, you think it is not very good because it is not consistent in quality.

This was, for him, an oddly uneven performance...

The acting is wildly uneven.

4) ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n An uneven system or situation is unfairly arranged or organized.

Some of the victims are complaining loudly about the uneven distribution of emergency aid...

It was an uneven contest.

Derived words:
unevenly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

Within a free enterprise capitalist society, resources are very unevenly distributed.

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