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uniform

[yoo-nuh-fawrm]
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adjective
  1. identical or consistent, as from example to example, place to place, or moment to moment: uniform spelling; a uniform building code.
  2. without variations in detail: uniform output; a uniform surface.
  3. constant; unvarying; undeviating: uniform kindness; uniform velocity.
  4. constituting part of a uniform: to be issued uniform shoes.
  5. Mathematics. occurring in a manner independent of some variable, parameter, function, etc.: a uniform bound.
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noun
  1. an identifying outfit or style of dress worn by the members of a given profession, organization, or rank.
  2. a word used in communications to represent the letter U.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make uniform or standard.
  2. to clothe in or furnish with a uniform.
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Origin of uniform

1530–40; < Latin ūnifōrmis (adj.), equivalent to ūni- uni- + -fōrmis -form
Related formsu·ni·form·ly, adverbu·ni·form·ness, nounnon·u·ni·form, adjectiveself-u·ni·form, noun
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  • The hearth bore a uniform appearance, and did not seem to have been tampered with.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • These laws are general and their administration should be uniform and equal.

  • She was young and strong, and surely a pair of willing hands—that was absurd about the uniform.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He has marched with his fellows to the dept, and got his uniform and arms.

  • Make it so's he can wear his uniform and a cocked hat and a sword.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine


British Dictionary definitions for uniform

uniform

noun
  1. a prescribed identifying set of clothes for the members of an organization, such as soldiers or schoolchildren
  2. a single set of such clothes
  3. a characteristic feature or fashion of some class or group
  4. informal a police officer who wears a uniform
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adjective
  1. unchanging in form, quality, quantity, etc; regulara uniform surface
  2. identical; alike or likea line of uniform toys
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verb (tr)
  1. to fit out (a body of soldiers, etc) with uniforms
  2. to make uniform
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Derived Formsuniformly, adverbuniformness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin ūniformis, from ūnus one + forma shape

Uniform

noun
  1. communications a code word for the letter u
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Word Origin and History for uniform

adj.

1530s, "of one form," from Middle French uniforme (14c.), from Latin uniformis "having one form," from uni- "one" (see uni-) + forma "form" (see form). Related: Uniformly.

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n.

"distinctive clothes worn by one group," 1748, from French uniforme, from the adjective (see uniform (adj.)).

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