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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
Pills are ubiquitous in homes, schools and offices.
After shutting down the Internet pharmacies, Rannazzisi and Barber pursued the pain management clinics that replaced them and soon became as ubiquitous in South Florida as the golden arches of McDonald's.
Voice of America sometimes plays K-pop, the cheesy tunes that are ubiquitous in the South but sound fresh to northern ears.
New England Primers were ubiquitous in colonial America and in the early Republic.
The plastic toys were as ubiquitous in pro and college sports in the 1990s as trading cards and Starter Jackets.
At midday Saturday, the plywood sheets and metal window shutters so ubiquitous in South Florida were still comparatively rare in St. Petersburg.
Malliotakis also should promise zero tolerance for shantytowns and now-ubiquitous sidewalk encampments.
Now, Wi-Fi and cellular data are nearly ubiquitous, so much so that wireless networking blends into the background of my house, like water and electricity.
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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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