1. graded adjective & adjective 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. unevenly
graded adverb & adverb [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. graded adjective & adjective 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. unevenly
graded adverb & adverb [ADV with v] ⇒ Winds are generated by the sun as it unevenly heats the earth's surface. ⇒ The steaks were unevenly cooked. 3. graded adjective & adjective 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. graded adjective & adjective [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. unevenly
graded adverb & adverb [ADV with v] ⇒ Within a free enterprise capitalist society, resources are very unevenly distributed.
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