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

With its dense, uniform design, Coffey Park has proven the easiest place to apply a cheaper, faster production rebuild model. Susie Cagle, Curbed, "California’s changing fire country," 10 Oct. 2018 Have a uniform drugs policy: The SEC currently allows each school to determine its drugs policy. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "Here's a few more changes the SEC needs to push," 5 June 2018 There was also a rip in his uniform pants, the report said. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Road rage allegedly sparks brawl in Quincy," 14 June 2018 An efficient economy — and a democracy — requires uniform application of the law. Sendhil Mullainathan, New York Times, "When the President Takes On Amazon, Nobody Wins," 18 May 2018 Other sessions are more uniform, with lawmakers from both major parties acting together. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "3 things to watch for when Mark Zuckerberg testifies to Congress," 10 Apr. 2018 More The proposals also call for a U.K.-EU free-trade area with uniform regulations for goods, including food, effectively set by the EU. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Theresa May Forges Apparent Unity in Cabinet Over Brexit Plan," 6 July 2018 Carranza proposed moving to a more centralized model, with each campus receiving relatively uniform numbers of staff members relative to campus size. Jacob Carpenter, Houston Chronicle, "Houston ISD trustees unanimously approve $2B budget on second try," 25 June 2018 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

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

The parade lineup also included men and women in uniform — from the California National Guard to the FBI to San Diego police. Morgan Cook, sandiegouniontribune.com, "'Rights are easy to lose': San Diego Pride Parade calls for persistence in fight for equality," 14 July 2018 Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, and Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman wow the crowds in uniform — and apparently on their days off, too. Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, "3 Boston athletes were named to Sports Illustrated’s most fashionable list," 11 July 2018 In the broader sense, Brett's time in uniform worked. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The swings and misses of George Brett's turn as the Royals' hitting coach," 8 July 2018 But Wade also was present but not among those in uniform during a recent Miami pro-am game that included current and past teammates such as Hassan Whiteside, Briante Weber and Willie Reed. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Heat still at free-agency starting line as NBA signing period opens," 6 July 2018 There’s nothing quite like a prince or duke — or earl — in uniform. Maura Hohman, PEOPLE.com, "Prince William Is Strikingly Handsome as His Alter Ego the Earl of Strathearn," 5 July 2018 Gone are the iconic orange uniforms that made Camp X-Ray infamous. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Blue is the new orange as Guantánamo preps for new prisoners, maybe ISIS fighters," 20 June 2018 Or two black men in uniform holding hands, brothers who’ve just volunteered to fight in the Civil War and who might never see each other again? Jerry Large, The Seattle Times, "Seattle collection of rare artifacts reveals America’s past and present, and how little we know," 18 June 2018 For their night out, Hailey chose a high-low look that’s sure to be our summer uniform. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Wears a Slip Dress at a Club in Miami With Justin Bieber," 11 June 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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