uniform

adjective
uni·​form | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌfȯrm How to pronounce uniform (audio) \

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 How to pronounce uniformly (audio) , ˌyü-​nə-​ˈfȯrm-​ \ adverb
uniformness \ ˈyü-​nə-​ˌfȯrm-​nəs How to pronounce uniformness (audio) \ 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

There is evidence that, unlike parchment making in the Middle Ages (which was fairly uniform in terms of technique), the process in the early Middle East was much more varied. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The secret to miraculous preservation of a Dead Sea Scroll could be salt coating," 11 Sep. 2019 The American version was set in Astoria, Queens, but the exterior of the Bunkers’ home belonged to a modest house in suburban Glendale, Queens, where the house exteriors were more uniform. Joanna Scutts, Curbed, "The shows we’ve lived by," 14 Aug. 2019 The polling data, collected by different groups over seven decades, were not uniform and took a fair amount of finessing to get in usable order, Eagly said. Los Angeles Times, "It’s official: Majority of Americans think women are just as competent as men, if not more so," 19 July 2019 The top 44 — Aaron’s uniform number — were selected from a field of 250 players ages 13 to 18. NBC News, "Hank Aaron still fighting for diversity in baseball," 29 Aug. 2019 Stagg, though, is best known for having his fingerprints all over college football, from tackling dummies to the onside kick to the Statue of Liberty, to something as simple as uniform numbers. Laken Litman, SI.com, "The Greatest Coaches in College Football History," 12 Aug. 2019 That approach has resulted in uniform regional medication rules and regional responses to crises such as a spike in horse deaths at New York’s Aqueduct Racetrack earlier this decade. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland racing industry wrestles with scrutiny on horse deaths in wake of Santa Anita crisis," 24 July 2019 Brewer wore one of two uniform numbers in high school, playing football and baseball at St. Joseph: No. 5 or 15. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "How one fateful night has helped shape Michigan's Jordan Brewer," 17 June 2019 One thing the leagues have agreed on with one another is the idea of federal regulation, preferring a single set of uniform rules than different laws in each state. Wayne Parry, The Seattle Times, "US sports leagues split on how to monetize sports betting," 4 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The model, actress, and designer also shared her go-to uniform for date night with her husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emily Ratajkowski's Summer Style Muse Is Princess Diana," 17 Apr. 2019 Still, enforcement may not be uniform across the state until the federal regulations are clarified. . Meredith Clark, Marie Claire, "Is CBD Even Legal Where You Live?," 12 Apr. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At Vught, she had been assigned to wash the bloody uniforms of Dutch prisoners who had been executed, shot in the stomach to ensure a more excruciating death. BostonGlobe.com, "She leaves two children, Joy Coe and Mark Aryeh Erlich, and a granddaughter.," 13 Sep. 2019 At Vught she had been assigned to wash the bloody uniforms of Dutch prisoners who had been executed, shot in the stomach to ensure a more excruciating death. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Diet Eman, Who Risked Her Life to Rescue Dutch Jews, Dies at 99," 11 Sep. 2019 Others talked about needing to make their own clothing or having to special-order a company outfit, when the standard-issue uniform didn’t fit their frame. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "New research examines the treacherous experience of being “fat” at work," 9 Sep. 2019 However, this isn’t your father’s fastidious tailoring or the corporate uniform or yore. Max Berlinger, Los Angeles Times, "Fall Fashion: For men, looks inspired by ‘The Matrix’ are one of this season’s biggest trends," 7 Sep. 2019 Bachar said the Padres, in addition to contributing items for the auction (and inspiring the sweet retro uniforms), have been supportive throughout. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Whitewater alumnus Lake Bachar's minor-league baseball team is going all out with custom jerseys to support dad's cancer fight," 12 Aug. 2019 Phora, who opened a flagship store on Fairfax in May for his Yours Truly Clothing line, partnered with Fall to design the uniforms. Lesley Balla, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jaden Smith, Quincy Jones, Robin Thicke Collaborate on New Mixtape Restaurant," 7 Aug. 2019 The Bats uniforms of recent years are a little more generic. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "The history behind the Louisville Bats' beautiful Throwback Weekend Riverbats uniforms," 12 July 2019 Parris says of the actual fast food company uniforms. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "All the Easter eggs revealed in Behind the Scenes: Stranger Things 3 podcast's first episode," 11 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce uniform (audio) \

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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