ubiq·​ui·​ty | \ yü-ˈbi-kwə-tē How to pronounce ubiquity (audio) \

Definition of ubiquity

: presence everywhere or in many places especially simultaneously : omnipresence

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That ubiquity makes protecting Wi-Fi from hackers one of the most important tasks in cybersecurity. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Next Generation of Wi-Fi Security Will Save You From Yourself," 26 June 2018 Federal officials said then that the near ubiquity of mobile phones made them the most effective means for warning of hurricanes, terrorist threats and missing persons. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "False Missile Warning in Hawaii Adds to Scrutiny of Emergency Alert System," 13 Jan. 2018 And high fashion hasn’t given up on garnering the same kind of ubiquity for the humble, sad man sandal. Liz Raiss, GQ, "This Summer's Best Sandals Got the Big Ugly Sneaker Treatment," 4 July 2018 The ubiquity of gates, guard booths and mandatory visitor I.D. cards lends to the low crime. Chris Bodenner, Smithsonian, "The Science Behind Florida’s Sinkhole Epidemic," 30 Mar. 2011 The study is the latest attempt to tap into the ubiquity of the mobile device and test its ability to help monitor or improve health. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "Johnson & Johnson to Use Apple Watch App for Heart-Health Study," 17 Jan. 2019 But, cautions Cohen, the dominance and ubiquity of companies such as Facebook, Amazon and YouTube suggests new players are in for an uphill slog. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "YouTube's relationship with creators, the source of so much success, has been turbulent," 5 Apr. 2018 Like Choni's crime spree, the Gargoyle Gang's sudden ubiquity, and Jughead's new strict Serpent law. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "All the Best Twitter Reactions to Last Night's "Riverdale" Drama," 17 Jan. 2019 Essentials’ ubiquity was helped by the upkeep of excellent documentation via a Wiki that could walk developers through game creation. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Nintendo shuts down the tool behind your favorite Pokémon fan games," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of ubiquity

1572, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ubiquity

Latin ubique everywhere, from ubi where + -que, enclitic generalizing particle; akin to Latin quis who and to Latin -que and — more at who, sesqui-

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