Definition of uniform in English:

uniform

adjective

  • 1Remaining the same in all cases and at all times; unchanging in form or character.

    ‘blocks of stone of uniform size’
    • ‘He found that the individual strata there change their characteristics laterally: they are not uniform throughout their extent and undergo facies change.’
    • ‘Apples are easier in part because they are more uniform in shape and surface texture than chickens.’
    • ‘During the Mid-Eocene the tilting became smoother and more uniform compared with the Early Eocene.’
    • ‘However, despite these similarities, the political significance of the extended family was not uniform throughout Wales, Scotland, and Ireland.’
    • ‘However, their conclusion hinges on the hidden assumption that the distribution of relatedness of potential mates is uniform or normal.’
    • ‘Clumps of native bush have given way to uniform rows of trees and contrived water features.’
    • ‘Since natural objects are not uniform, we can't compare one spot on an object to another spot, but we can find common features among objects in the same class.’
    • ‘Parliament has approved changes to the Tourism Act that will compel hotels, restaurants and resorts to charge Bulgarians and foreigners uniform prices.’
    • ‘Across 14 channels, it was amazing how uniform the behaviour pattern was.’
    • ‘Though they are uniform in order, the age of onset, pace, and duration of these changes vary widely from one individual to another.’
    • ‘However, in terms of standards, they are uniform.’
    • ‘For our model to be valid, we have to assume that the degree of interconnections is uniform across the cell; otherwise, Den would be a function of position.’
    • ‘However, structures do tend to be depicted as if they are uniform.’
    • ‘Coordinating the activities of the States and advising them on matters relating to uniform administration of the Act and Rules.’
    • ‘The lack of uniform methods of identification and the taxonomic diversity of B cepacia complex and related species contributes to this problem.’
    • ‘But the measuring sticks were not uniform, and across Spain the vara therefore represented different lengths.’
    • ‘The other actors put in excellent work, but they are as uniform and one-sided as the script.’
    • ‘Their decisions are likely to lack the uniform character which could be achieved by this Court…’
    • ‘Is it healthy to create a uniform personality, a company personality?’
    • ‘They are uniform in their dismissal of critics as being ‘in denial’.’
    constant, consistent, steady, invariable, unvarying, unfluctuating, unvaried, unchanging, unwavering, undeviating, stable, static, sustained, regular, fixed, even, equal, equable, monotonous
    identical, matching, similar, equal
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    1. 1.1Of a similar form or character to another or others.
      ‘a uniform package of amenities at a choice of hotels’
      • ‘However, they are not uniform, either across food commodities or within a particular food commodity.’
      • ‘We studied the referral rates for dermatology across the 16 practices in a primary care group with a comparatively uniform population mix.’
      • ‘These are just beautiful, and more importantly, they're highly uniform.’
      • ‘It'll take about a year to get the packages totally uniform across the country, says SVP-marketing Doug Seserman.’
      • ‘This time was chosen so that the experiences of the sample could be compared at one uniform point for all variables in all subgroups.’
      • ‘It has its own cultural characteristics - not uniform, not homogenous, but they're distinct.’
      • ‘Without uniform definitions, comparison of the various studies is difficult at best.’
      • ‘This said, the profile of the customers is not uniform as can be revealed with a homogeneity analysis.’
      • ‘There are plenty who prefer the safer option, purchasing uniform garments manufactured by the chain stores that line the streets of London and Britain as a whole.’
      • ‘It was of special importance that staff in each section be counted in a uniform manner to ensure comparability of results.’
      • ‘The measure requires states to start issuing more uniform driver's licenses and to verify the citizenship or legal status of people getting them.’
      • ‘In all measurements, a completely uniform and homogeneous image was obtained.’
      • ‘They're so uniform, you can tell they almost all come from one maker.’
      • ‘Note that the observed distribution is quite uniform compared to the distribution expected under neutrality.’
      • ‘Nutritionists are surprisingly uniform in identifying the ingredients we should be wary of.’
      • ‘An agreement was reached to stick a uniform identifier on their products.’
      • ‘In their missions, programs and courses, they are remarkably uniform.’
      • ‘During that process, bottles are heated and cooled to strengthen and preshrink them, and to create uniform packages.’
      • ‘They are uniform and polygonal with a bland, oval or round nucleus.’
      • ‘Chevy vehicles already are sold in more than 40 countries but that includes other products sold under a Chevy badge and the brand identity is not uniform.’
  • 2Denoting a garment forming part of a person's uniform.

    ‘black uniform jackets’
    • ‘Those uniform shirts looked as though they were from the Civil War, being Navy Blue and Gold striped arms.’
    • ‘Coughlin then made Michael an honorary lifetime crewmember by giving him an autographed and signed team uniform shirt.’
    • ‘The chief looked at Eric's uniform shirt in disgust.’
    • ‘One day I chose to place my card inside the folded left sleeve of my battle dress uniform shirt.’
    • ‘He also wanted to wear his clerical collar on duty so had to have a specially-designed uniform shirt to accommodate it.’
    • ‘When it was over last night, though, he was a kid again, running in from left field, hair flying, tugging his uniform shirt out of his pants.’
    • ‘He is thought to be the only police officer who wears a dog collar on duty and has a specially-designed uniform shirt to prove the point.’
    • ‘He pulled off his uniform shirt and put the t-shirt on.’
    • ‘On the porch was a pizza delivery driver, the red-and-blue uniform shirt and cap unmistakable, his head bent as he peered at the ticket he held atop the warming bag.’
    • ‘The pensioners wear a distinctive three-quarter length uniform coat, navy blue in winter and scarlet in the summer, which dates from the 18th century.’
    • ‘Now we have a batch of purloined clear plastic buttons, ready to sew on his shiny uniform shirt.’
    • ‘Alita had slipped a few of her fingers over the hem of my uniform shirt.’
    • ‘Anji got out a clean uniform shirt, and took it off the hanger.’
    • ‘I quickly change into the uniform shirt front-end assistant manager Patrick loaned me; I didn't want to wear it out on the street.’
    • ‘These knives can be clipped to a waistband, an inside coat pocket, an equipment bag, a boot and in the case of a really small folder, even to the collar of a uniform shirt.’
    • ‘She changed out of her pajamas and then pulled on her work clothes (a pair of old jeans and her uniform shirt).’
    • ‘She opened his charred shirt to see that he had trumpets, a Fire Captain's insignia, on the lapel of his white uniform shirt.’
    • ‘Once he had his jacket and uniform shirt taken off, he sat down on his bed.’
    • ‘I was slightly paranoid about sheer shirts of any kind, so I wore a camisole under the uniform shirt.’
    • ‘I changed into the shirt I wore earlier that day, shoved my uniform shirt into my backpack, shut the locker and walked back out.’

noun

  • 1The distinctive clothing worn by members of the same organization or body or by children attending certain schools.

    ‘airline pilots in dark blue uniforms’
    [mass noun] ‘an officer in uniform’
    • ‘That meant that many fewer bodies available to put uniforms on.’
    • ‘The review also acknowledged serious problems with the supply of equipment to troops in the front line, including uniforms, body armour and desert boots.’
    • ‘In addition to suits, the new coating could be applied to hospital garments, sportswear, military uniforms and rain coats.’
    • ‘Along with olive drab uniforms and combat boots, these could go to everyone upon enlistment.’
    • ‘It also manages the Navy's clothing program, providing both uniforms and specialized protective clothing to the Navy.’
    • ‘Glancing behind me, I saw the ground littered with bodies, the blue uniforms darkened by blood.’
    • ‘All village court members are supposed to be issued with a uniform of blue shirt and trousers and fabric badges of office.’
    • ‘He too will be in the same uniform every night I see him.’
    • ‘Until the 1950s Cossart Gordon workers wore a distinctive uniform of blue drill suits with a bright red cap.’
    • ‘At the time the footage was taken she was wearing her uniform of dark blue blazer, grey skirt, white shirt, school tie and blue jumper.’
    • ‘When I'm wearing my UCLA uniform, I'm extremely proud to represent my university.’
    • ‘She is wearing her school uniform of dark blue blazer, grey skirt, white shirt, school tie and blue jumper.’
    • ‘Deductions are allowable for the cost of laundering and dry cleaning of uniforms and protective clothing.’
    • ‘As the Forces were mostly civilians in uniform this should cause no surprise.’
    • ‘And I'm really curious about what kind of secret lives they have behind these really dark blue uniforms with all these chest protectors.’
    • ‘It managed a multitude of critical supply requirements, including desert camouflage uniforms and body armor for deploying soldiers.’
    • ‘A cricket board can sell the logo on a player's uniform because the player is representing it while playing a match, but when he is off the field, in his private domain, the board has no claim on him.’
    • ‘Its members were given German uniforms and equipment though some continued to wear their blue shirts.’
    • ‘Military clothing and military footwear are called uniforms.’
    • ‘You are doomed to wear whatever uniform your school decides.’
    costume, livery, regalia, habit, suit, dress, garb, attire, ensemble, outfit
    regimentals, colours, garments, trappings
    get-up, rig, gear, togs
    apparel
    raiment
    vestments
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    1. 1.1North American informal A police officer wearing a uniform.
      ‘uniforms were already on the scene’
  • 2A code word representing the letter U, used in radio communication.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make uniform.

    ‘that's the trouble with word processors—they uniform design’

Origin

Mid 16th century (as an adjective): from French uniforme or Latin uniformis (see uni-, form). Sense 1 of the noun dates from the mid 18th century.

Pronunciation:

uniform

/ˈjuːnɪfɔːm/