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[yoo-bik-wi-tuh s] /yuˈbɪk wɪ təs/
existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent:
ubiquitous fog; ubiquitous little ants.
Also, ubiquitary
[yoo-bik-wi-ter-ee] /yuˈbɪk wɪˌtɛr i/ (Show IPA)
Origin of ubiquitous
1830-40; ubiquit(y) + -ous
Related forms
ubiquitously, adverb
ubiquitousness, noun
nonubiquitary, adjective
nonubiquitous, adjective
nonubiquitously, adverb
nonubiquitousness, noun
unubiquitous, adjective
unubiquitously, adverb
unubiquitousness, noun
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  • The red shiner was ubiquitous, and was the dominant species at a majority of stations.

  • But Sir Joseph was ubiquitous; and the whole of that place was barred against him.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • His ubiquitous patrols seriously alarmed the Boer general as to the safety of his outposts at Arundel.

    Sir John French Cecil Chisholm
  • And they ran as if their life was at stake to do his bidding; were so active that they seemed to be ubiquitous.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • The celebrant arrived, this ubiquitous official leads the way to the church.

    Norway Beatrix Jungman
British Dictionary definitions for ubiquitous


having or seeming to have the ability to be everywhere at once; omnipresent
Derived Forms
ubiquitously, adverb
ubiquity, ubiquitousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ubīque everywhere, from ubī where
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Word Origin and History for ubiquitous

"turning up everywhere," 1837, from ubiquity + -ous. The earlier word was ubiquitary (1580s), from Modern Latin ubiquitarius, from ubique. Related: Ubiquitously; ubiquitousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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