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Examples of ubiquitous in a Sentence
- Hot dogs are the ideal road trip food—inexpensive, portable, ubiquitous. —Paul Lucas, Saveur, June/July 2008
- Shawarma is the new street meat. Both a late night favourite and a quick lunch classic, the Middle Eastern dish is now ubiquitous on the streets of Toronto. —Chris Dart, Torontoist, 8 Feb. 2007
- In major league locker rooms, ice packs are ubiquitous appendages for pitchers, who wrap their shoulder or elbow or both, the better to calm muscles, ligaments and tendons that have been stressed by the unnatural act of throwing a baseball. —Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 26 Mar. 2007
- It was before the day of the ubiquitous automobile. Given one of those present adjuncts to farm life, John would have ended his career much earlier. As it was, they found him lying by the roadside at dawn one morning after the horses had trotted into the yard with the wreck of the buggy bumping the road behind them. —Edna Ferber, "Farmer in the Dell," 1919, in One Basket, 1949
The company's advertisements are ubiquitous.
by that time cell phones had become ubiquitous, and people had long ceased to be impressed by the sight of one
Recent Examples of ubiquitous from the Web
Some reports have even found a spike in upskirting incidents in recent years, as phone cameras and other recording devices have become ubiquitous.
Since then checklists have become ubiquitous in Danish, French, Irish, Dutch and British hospitals, and used about half of the time in developing countries.
Wi-Fi is quickly becoming ubiquitous through society, permeating not only the home and office, but public spaces as well.
But in fashion, when a style becomes ubiquitous, that means its inevitable end is already in motion (at least in the eyes of design devotees, if not retailers and consumers).
Reference images could replace QR codes, for example—a tool that has always shown promise to advertisers and marketers but that has been just a bit too clunky to become ubiquitous.
Dragon fruit, or pitaya, has become particularly ubiquitous.
Pew noted that the biggest change since its last teen survey, besides Facebook’s fall from dominance, was just how ubiquitous smartphones have become among young people.
A century ago, long before radio, television and record players became ubiquitous, Americans bought more than 300,000 pianos a year, a figure that since has drooped by about 90%, according to PianoPricePoint.com and other industry sources.
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Did You Know?
Ubiquitous comes to us from the noun ubiquity, meaning "presence everywhere or in many places simultaneously." Ubiquity first appeared in print in the late 16th century, but ubiquitous didn't make an appearance until 1830. (Another noun form, ubiquitousness, arrived around 1874.) Both words are ultimately derived from the Latin word for "everywhere," which is ubique. Ubiquitous, which has often been used with a touch of exaggeration for things and people that seem to turn up everywhere, has become a more widespread and popular word than ubiquity. It may not quite be ubiquitous, but if you keep your eyes and ears open, you're apt to encounter the word ubiquitous quite a bit.
a dime a dozen;
UBIQUITOUS Defined for English Language Learners
: seeming to be seen everywhere
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