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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 city’s ubiquitous bicycle paths are being integrated into the neighborhood’s streets, while a nearby train station was moved 750 feet closer to Carlsberg Byen to encourage its use.
In a town that boasts myriad barbecue joints, no menu item is more ubiquitous than the humble chopped shoulder sandwich.
Mr. Jenkins himself knew many men like Blue, who are ubiquitous in poor, black communities.
Also this year, the robotics company Kuka — whose orange arms are ubiquitous in highly automated German auto plants — was taken over by the Chinese appliance maker Midea.
The main election issue is the fate of the Avtovaz car plant, maker of the once ubiquitous Lada and a symbol of withered Soviet industrial muscle.
This was before cellphones and satellite images became ubiquitous: The Israelis did not even know how many Ugandan soldiers were guarding the airport or exactly where the hostages were being housed.
The propensity of partisan interests in legislative bodies to insert special interest provisions into unrelated legislation is ubiquitous and not the province of only the right or the left.
Oranges, though not as ubiquitous as the mythic Sicilian lemons, are plentiful on the island and beloved.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of ubiquitous
First Known Use: 1772
UBIQUITOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ubiquitous for English Language Learners
: seeming to be seen everywhere
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