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unit meaning

[ 'ju:nit ] Pronunciation:   "unit" in a sentence
  • Noun: unit  yoonit
    1. Any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange
      "the dollar is the United States unit of currency"; "a unit of wheat is a bushel"; "change per unit volume"
      - unit of measurement 
    2. An individual or group or structure or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole
      "the reduced the number of units and installations"; "the word is a basic linguistic unit" 
    3. An organization regarded as part of a larger social group
      "the coach said the offensive unit did a good job"; "after the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit"
      - social unit 
    4. A single undivided whole
      "an idea is not a unit that can be moved from one brain to another" 
    5. A single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else
      "units of nucleic acids"
      - building block 
    6. An assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity
      "the team is a unit"
      - whole

    Derived forms: units

    See also: unify, unitary, unitize

    Type of: component, component part, constituent, definite quantity, object, organisation [Brit], organization, part, physical object, portion, thing, whole

    Encyclopedia: Unit


  • [American slang]
    n. a gadget.
    • Now, take one of the red units—put the copper strip in the slot—place the whole thing in this larger unit—and you're done.
    • Hand me that unit on the thingy there.


  • [Business]
    noun [C]

    ACCUMULATION UNIT, BARGAINING UNIT, CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT, DECISION-MAKING UNIT, MONETARY UNIT, MULTI-UNIT, STOCKKEEPING UNIT, STRATEGIC BUSINESS UNIT

    1

    a single item of the type of product that a company sells:

    The game's selling price was $15 per unit.

    We expect to sell more than 100 000 units by the end of the year.

    2

    a part of a company that does a particular activity or that is not divided into smaller parts:

    Fiat's auto unit

    Six business units have been created.

    3

    a fixed quantity, etc. that is used as a standard measurement:

    a unit of time/length

    4 (Finance )

    a single share, bond, etc:

    Shareholders are being asked to buy three new shares at 10¢ for each unit already owned.

    5

    a small machine that has a particular purpose or is part of a larger machine:

    the central processing unit of a computer

    6

    a building on an industrial estate (= an area especially for factories):

    renting a unit on the industrial estate

    The workshop is in unit 20.


  • [Defence]

    1. Any military element whose structure is prescribed by competent authority, such as a table of organization and equipment; specifically, part of an organization.
    2. An organization title of a subdivision of a group in a task force.
    3. A standard or basic quantity into which an item of supply is divided, issued, or used.
    In this meaning, also called unit of issue.
    4. With regard to Reserve Components of the Armed Forces, denotes a Selected Reserve unit organized, equipped, and trained for mobilization to serve on active duty as a unit or to augment or be augmented by another unit.
    Headquarters and support functions without wartime missions are not considered units.

  • [Electronics]
    1. A named, single magnitude adopted as a standard by physical measurement. Thus, the unit of current is the ampere, the unit of frequency is the hertz, the unit of capacitance is the farad, etc. Also see ABSOLUTE SYSTEM OF UNITS, INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM OF UNITS, and CENTIMETER-GRAM-SECOND.
    2. A single piece or assemblage of equipment, such as amplifier, converter, power supply, etc.
    3. A quantity of 1 implied when unit is the adjective describing a quantity (e.g., unit length means a distance of 1 meter, 1 foot, etc.).

Examples

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  1. the analyzer unit consists of two enclosures.
  2. the vanguard units started off last night.
  3. this army unit produces all its own food grain.
  4. the unit of kinematic viscosity is the stoke.
  5. american units had to rush to close the gaps.

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