ubiquitous

[yoo-bik-wi-tuh s]

adjective

existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent: ubiquitous fog; ubiquitous little ants.

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

Synonyms for ubiquitous

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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

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

Word Origin for ubiquitous

C14: from Latin ubīque everywhere, from ubī where
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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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