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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
The lawsuit takes issue with a practice — the targeting of ads by age and demographics — that is ubiquitous in online advertising and is not limited to Facebook.
But discrete math is fundamental to computing and ubiquitous in the real world.
And Sears, whose catalogs and appliances were once ubiquitous in American homes, has been shedding real estate and borrowing cash to stay afloat.
Arsenic is ubiquitous in the environment and found in many foods, but rice plants are particularly efficient at drawing it in from the surrounding soil and water, experts say.
Jasmine is a natural treasure ubiquitous in most parts of the country.
Once upon a time, after all, festive hair and makeup was gloriously high-maintenance—and while clean skin and windblown, wash and go waves may be ubiquitous these days, who wants to be out-sparkled by a glass of champagne or a trussed-up tree?
Volunteers for the group have been ubiquitous across the state, collecting the necessary 315,654 petition signatures from registered Michigan voters that are needed to get the constitutional amendment on the ballot.
Even the ways in which this thirtysomething single mother finds potential matches – at her restaurant’s bar, via a fix-up by her mother, through sheer serendipity – seem antiquated in our current era of ubiquitous online dating.
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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.
Synonymscommon or garden [chiefly British], commonplace, everyday, familiar, frequent, garden-variety, household, ordinary, quotidian, routine, common, usual
Antonymsextraordinary, infrequent, rare, seldom, uncommon, unfamiliar, unusual
Related Wordsnormal, regular, standard; de rigueur, mandatory, obligatory; general, universal; ceaseless, constant, continual, continuous, incessant, unceasing; endemic, popular, prevailing, prevalent, rampant; perennial, recurrent, repeated
Near Antonymsaberrant, abnormal, irregular, unnatural; intermittent, occasional, sporadic
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