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[yoo-bik-wi-tuh s] /yuˈbɪk wɪ təs/
existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent:
ubiquitous fog; ubiquitous little ants.
Also, ubiquitary
[yoo-bik-wi-ter-ee] /yuˈbɪk wɪˌtɛr i/ (Show IPA)
Origin of ubiquitous
First recorded in 1830-40; ubiquit(y) + -ous
Related forms
ubiquitously, adverb
ubiquitousness, noun
nonubiquitary, adjective
nonubiquitous, adjective
nonubiquitously, adverb
nonubiquitousness, noun
unubiquitous, adjective
unubiquitously, adverb
unubiquitousness, noun Unabridged
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  • Does a newspaper, even the ubiquitous Petit Journal, penetrate into these solitudes?

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • But Sir Joseph was ubiquitous; and the whole of that place was barred against him.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • He is supreme and ubiquitous in consciousness: his heart beats in every Element.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • And they ran as if their life was at stake to do his bidding; were so active that they seemed to be ubiquitous.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • In some ruined houses were yet more Scotsmen, most ubiquitous of peoples.

British Dictionary definitions for ubiquitous


having or seeming to have the ability to be everywhere at once; omnipresent
Derived Forms
ubiquitously, adverb
ubiquity, ubiquitousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ubīque everywhere, from ubī where
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ubiquitous

"turning up everywhere," 1837, from ubiquity + -ous. The earlier word was ubiquitary (1580s), from Modern Latin ubiquitarius, from ubique. Related: Ubiquitously; ubiquitousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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