Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday April 23, 2008
ubiquitous \yoo-BIK-wih-tuhs\ , adjective:
Existing or being everywhere, or in all places, at the same time.
In spite of the ubiquitous beggars, gypsies and 'naked urchins', Skopje was an attractive town in the early part of the century.
-- Anne Sebba, Mother Teresa: Beyond the Image
Airborne gambling, shopping and videoconferencing may all be ubiquitous in the future.
-- Peter H. Lewis, "The Cybercompanion", New York Times, February 7, 1999
Adding to my perplexity, this lack of clarity even appeared evident among the best and brightest sociologists, historians, literary scholars, art historians, those working in cultural studies, American Studies, and journalism; the problem looked to be ubiquitous.
-- Michael Kammen, American Culture, American Tastes
Before Tarzan, nobody understood just how big, how ubiquitous, how marketable a star could be.
-- John Taliaferro, Tarzan Forever
Ubiquitous derives, via French, from Latin ubique, "everywhere," from ubi, "where." The noun form is ubiquity.