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

Ultra Saber offers incredible uniform brightness with only a single light source. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Hands-on with a $434 replica lightsaber: May the dork be with you," 25 Dec. 2018 Above all, there is the nearly uniform quality of the boys’ gregarious charm, which would have made them ideal camera subjects even under less emotionally fraught circumstances. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "'Three Identical Strangers' is a riveting account of identical triplets separated at birth," 28 June 2018 High school girl wants to change dress code The Northwest Local School District talks about a uniform dress code for all its secondary schools and parents have not been shy about sharing their concerns. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "Dress ban fires up parents. Northwest district amends proposal.," 13 Feb. 2018 If approved, Florida would join Arizona and Hawaii as states that have exempted themselves from a 1966 law establishing a uniform time across the country. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Florida poised to remain on Daylight Savings Time year around: report," 8 Mar. 2018 Two other states got approval to exempt themselves from the 1966 federal law that sets a uniform time and yearly schedule for all time zones. Linda Robertson, miamiherald, "Florida wants to tinker with time. Will it be the end of the clock as we know it? | Miami Herald," 8 Mar. 2018 The potential electoral impact of Florida’s ballot initiative is further limited by the fact that the ex-felons who do vote are not politically uniform. Marc Meredith, Vox, "Why letting ex-felons vote probably won’t swing Florida," 2 Nov. 2018 While mass-production building whirs away, custom homes have been a slower project across the rest of the region: The lots are less uniform, the terrain is more rugged, and the fire-safety design standards in many cases are more stringent. Susie Cagle, Curbed, "California’s changing fire country," 10 Oct. 2018 Packages must be uniform and plain, aside from vivid, yellow health warnings and tiny logos. Ian Austen, New York Times, "Legal Marijuana Is Coming to Canada. Investors Catch the Buzz.," 8 July 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

Complete game shutouts have gone the way of flannel uniforms and spittoons, the sport transforming at its most rapid pace since the live-ball era began nearly a century ago. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Aces out: Sale, Kershaw chased early in Series opener," 23 Oct. 2018 The modular system will wear over the standard U.S. Army field uniform and consist of leggings, a cape, sleeves, a veil, and so on. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Testing a New Sniper Suit," 4 Oct. 2018 From first glance, Netflix's upcoming show Elite looks like a crossover between Gossip Girl and How to Get Away With Murder. Prep school uniforms and unsolved murders aside Elite is guaranteed to bring the drama — just in time for Halloween. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Cast of "Elite," Netflix's Thrilling New Mystery Series," 2 Oct. 2018 The proud parents were snapped walking their daughters, who were dressed in navy uniforms and high socks, inside of the school with other students and their parents. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Letizia Dropped Princess Sofia and Princess Leonor Off at School Like a Regular Mom," 13 Sep. 2018 Even the marketing agreements the company has signed with major universities like Ohio State, Texas, and Michigan to be the exclusive provider of uniforms and apparel for the school’s athletic teams are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Nike has made billions selling rebellion to young people," 6 Sep. 2018 Today, people around the world paid tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin—including the Welsh Guards (yes, those men in the red uniforms and tall bearskin hats) at Buckingham Palace. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Buckingham Palace Paid Tribute to Aretha Franklin," 31 Aug. 2018 Weapons, ammunition, uniforms, and other wartime necessities were manufactured here to be distributed throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond. Chris Gray, Houston Chronicle, "Expansive exhibit highlights Houston’s quiet but vital role during Civil War," 11 July 2018 View uniforms and artifacts from all branches of the service. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 10 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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