uniform

adjective
uni·form | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌfȯrm \

Definition of uniform 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1 : having always the same form, manner, or degree : not varying or variable uniform procedures

2 : consistent in conduct or opinion uniform interpretation of laws

3 : of the same form with others : conforming to one rule or mode : consonant

4 : presenting an unvaried appearance of surface, pattern, or color uniform red brick houses

5 : relating to or being convergence of a series whose terms are functions in such manner that the absolute value of the difference between the sum of the first n terms of the series and the sum of all terms can be made arbitrarily small for all values of the domain of the functions by choosing the nth term sufficiently far along in the series

uniform

verb
uniformed; uniforming; uniforms

Definition of uniform (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to bring into uniformity

2 : to clothe with a uniform

uniform

noun

Definition of uniform (Entry 3 of 4)

: dress of a distinctive design or fashion worn by members of a particular group and serving as a means of identification broadly : distinctive or characteristic clothing

Uniform

communications code word

Definition of Uniform (Entry 4 of 4)

used as a code word for the letter u

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Other words from uniform

Adjective

uniformly \ˈyü-nə-ˌfȯrm-lē, ˌyü-nə-ˈfȯrm- \ adverb
uniformness \ˈyü-nə-ˌfȯrm-nəs \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for uniform

Synonyms: Adjective

even, invariant, steady, unchanging, undeviating, unvarying, unwavering

Synonyms: Noun

livery, outfit

Antonyms: Adjective

changing, deviating, nonuniform, unsteady, varying

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Examples of uniform in a Sentence

Adjective

The museum is kept at a uniform temperature to protect the artifacts. All departments have uniform training standards.

Noun

the band uniform was brown with red and white stripes
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The ingots that emerged from the smelter were more uniform, stronger, and less brittle–the best steel that Europe, and perhaps the world, had ever seen. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Dry skin will be more uniform, affecting the whole face or body, generally doesn't have underlying redness, and usually has a very fine scale, according to dermatologist Monique Chheda, M.D. The primary cause of seborrheic dermatitis is genetics. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "Eyebrow Dandruff Is a Thing—Here’s How to Treat It," 28 June 2018 In 2007, the state approved a code seeking to make gun laws more uniform and prohibiting municipal firearm ordinances that violated state law. Sam Rosenstiel, Cincinnati.com, "Gun groups sue Cincinnati over Council's bump stock ban," 22 June 2018 There will be strict limits on advertising marijuana, and it will likely be sold in uniform packages that carry health warnings as their only decoration. Ian Austen, New York Times, "Vote in Canada Paves the Way for Legalization of Marijuana," 19 June 2018 Once smooth and uniform, season with salt and more lemon juice and zest to taste. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Only Salad Recipe You Need," 14 June 2018 Volunteers help children select their uniform packages, which include carefully fitted clothing and shoes, along with a hygiene kit and a new grade-level book. Grace Palmieri, azcentral, "Season for Sharing awards grants to 153 Arizona non-profits," 15 Mar. 2018 The Blue Line and Orange Line each already have uniform fleets, though the Orange Line is also set for a full replacement in coming years. Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "MBTA wants to put barriers, doors on subway platforms," 5 July 2018 Every other magazine was posing them together—Time, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, GQ—but those were all in uniform or in a suit. Ben Baskin, SI.com, "A Brief Oral History of SI's Most (Un)Godly Cover: The Mark McGwire-Sammy Sosa Toga Shoot," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The simple combo has become a go-to uniform for the monarch, who opted for a graphic take by Hugo Boss for an awards ceremony and a soothing blue palette for a speech at IESE Business School. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Letizia Is a Wardrobe Repeater in Her New Royal Uniform," 3 July 2018 When the players reconvene for training camp at the end of July, the striping will be once again be uniform across the locker room. Jim Owczarski, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Bengals Xtra: New helmets and a supplemental steal?," 10 June 2018 Coral colonies and sponges — typically uniform in color — were mottled and grayish, while some sections looked shriveled and sunken. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Poor water quality after Harvey could hurt Flower Garden Banks off Texas shore," 9 Jan. 2018 Coral colonies and sponges — typically uniform in color — were mottled and grayish, while some sections looked shriveled and sunken. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Poor water quality after Harvey could hurt Flower Garden Banks off Texas shore," 9 Jan. 2018 Coral colonies and sponges — typically uniform in color — were mottled and grayish, while some sections looked shriveled and sunken. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Poor water quality after Harvey could hurt Flower Garden Banks off Texas shore," 9 Jan. 2018 Coral colonies and sponges — typically uniform in color — were mottled and grayish, while some sections looked shriveled and sunken. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Poor water quality after Harvey could hurt Flower Garden Banks off Texas shore," 9 Jan. 2018 Coral colonies and sponges — typically uniform in color — were mottled and grayish, while some sections looked shriveled and sunken. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Poor water quality after Harvey could hurt Flower Garden Banks off Texas shore," 9 Jan. 2018 Coral colonies and sponges — typically uniform in color — were mottled and grayish, while some sections looked shriveled and sunken. Alex Stuckey, San Antonio Express-News, "Poor water quality after Harvey could hurt Flower Garden Banks off Texas shore," 9 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Harry had changed from his military uniform into a smart suit with an olive green tie. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan, Prince Harry arrive in Ireland on first foreign trip as couple," 10 July 2018 Ashley Serrano, 19, flew from Florida to the Bronx to a paint a mural of Junior in his Explorers uniform. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Death of Bronx Teen Shines Light on NYPD Program Teaching Kids About Cops," 10 July 2018 The next two games served as a chance for fans to watch James suit up a couple more times in his Cleveland uniform. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Golden State Warriors just copying the path of past NBA champs," 5 July 2018 Video released early Tuesday by the Thai navy showed the boys in their soccer uniforms sitting on a dry area inside the Tham Luang Nang Non cave above the water as a spotlight from a rescuer illuminated their faces. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Thailand youth soccer coach may face charges for getting team trapped in cave," 4 July 2018 In a video shot Tuesday and released by the Royal Thai Navy on its Facebook page, a medic applies brown disinfectant to the wounded feet of one skinny boy, still wearing his soccer uniform. George Styllis, latimes.com, "Thai boys practicing with diving masks, but it's still too early to attempt evacuation," 4 July 2018 Seeing him in his prison uniform, Jennifer felt more pity than anger. Jonathan Small, Good Housekeeping, "A Drunk Driver Destroyed Jennifer Tracy's Family. Now, She Wants to Save Him.," 2 July 2018 July 2 The boys and their coach are found alive, clustered on the floor of the cave in their uniforms. NBC News, "How search-and-rescue crews found the missing Thai boys soccer team," 2 July 2018 Video released early Tuesday by the Thai navy showed the boys in their soccer uniforms sitting on a dry area inside the cave above the water as a spotlight, apparently from a rescuer, illuminated their faces. Tassanee Vejpongsa, Houston Chronicle, "Boys, coach in stable health after 10 days lost in Thai cave," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of uniform

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1748, in the meaning defined above

Communications code word

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for uniform

Adjective

Middle English uniforme, from Middle French, from Latin uniformis, from uni- + -formis -form

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More Definitions for uniform

uniform

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of uniform

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not varying or changing : staying the same at all times, in all places, or for all parts or members

uniform

noun

English Language Learners Definition of uniform (Entry 2 of 2)

: a special kind of clothing that is worn by all the members of a group or organization (such as an army or team)

uniform

adjective
uni·form | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌfȯrm \

Kids Definition of uniform

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: always the same in form, manner, appearance, or degree throughout or over time a uniform temperature uniform procedures

Other words from uniform

uniformly adverb The trees are uniformly spaced.

uniform

noun

Kids Definition of uniform (Entry 2 of 2)

: special clothing worn by members of a particular group (as an army)

uniform

adjective
uni·form

Legal Definition of uniform 

: of, relating to, or based on a uniform act

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