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ubiquitous

[yoo-bik-wi-tuh s]
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adjective
  1. existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent: ubiquitous fog; ubiquitous little ants.
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Also u·biq·ui·tar·y [yoo-bik-wi-ter-ee] /yuˈbɪk wɪˌtɛr i/.

Origin of ubiquitous

First recorded in 1830–40; ubiquit(y) + -ous
Related formsu·biq·ui·tous·ly, adverbu·biq·ui·tous·ness, nounnon·u·biq·ui·tar·y, adjectivenon·u·biq·ui·tous, adjectivenon·u·biq·ui·tous·ly, adverbnon·u·biq·ui·tous·ness, nounun·u·biq·ui·tous, adjectiveun·u·biq·ui·tous·ly, adverbun·u·biq·ui·tous·ness, noun

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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

ubiquitous

adjective
  1. having or seeming to have the ability to be everywhere at once; omnipresent
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Derived Formsubiquitously, adverbubiquity or ubiquitousness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Latin ubīque everywhere, from ubī where
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ubiquitous

adj.

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

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