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unit definition

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This page has 34 definitions of unit with English translations in 8 languages. Unit is a noun, an adjective, verb and participle. Examples of how to use unit in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: unît

English unit definition

Etymology

Formerly unite, a later form of unity; see unity.

Pronunciation

Noun

unit (plural units)

  1. (mathematics) Oneness, singularity, seen as a component of a whole number; a magnitude of one. [from 16th c.]
    • 1570, John Dee, in H. Billingsley (trans.) Euclid, Elements of Geometry, Preface:
      Number, we define, to be, a certayne Mathematicall Sũme, of Vnits. [Note the worde, Vnit, to expresse the Greke Monas, & not Vnitie: as we haue all, commonly, till now, vsed.]
  2. (sciences) A standard measure of a quantity.
    The centimetre is a unit of length.
  3. The number one.
  4. Clipping of international unit.
    This pill provides 500 units of Vitamin E.
  5. An organized group comprising people and/or equipment.
    He was a member of a special police unit.
  6. (military, informal) A member of a military organization.
    The fifth tank brigade moved in with 20 units. (i.e., 20 tanks)
  7. (US, military) Any military element whose structure is prescribed by competent authority, such as a table of organization and equipment; specifically, part of an organization[1].
  8. (US, military) An organization title of a subdivision of a group in a task force[1].
  9. (US, military) A standard or basic quantity into which an item of supply is divided, issued, or detailed. In this meaning, also called unit of issue[1].
  10. (US, military) 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[1].
  11. (algebra) The identity element, neutral element.
  12. (algebra) An element having an inverse, an invertible element; an associate of the unity.
    Hypernym: regular element
  13. (category theory) In an adjunction, a natural transformation from the identity functor of the domain of the left adjoint functor to the composition of the right adjoint functor with the left adjoint functor.
  14. (geology) A volume of rock or ice of identifiable origin and age range that is defined by the distinctive and dominant, easily mapped and recognizable petrographic, lithologic or paleontologic features (facies) that characterize it.
  15. (commerce) An item which may be sold singly.
    We shipped nearly twice as many units this month as last month.
  16. (Britain) A unit of alcohol.
  17. (Britain, electricity) One kilowatt-hour (as recorded on an electricity meter).
  18. (US, Australia, New Zealand) a measure of housing equivalent to the living quarters of one household; an apartment where a group of apartments is contained in one or more multi-storied buildings or a group of dwellings is in one or more single storey buildings, usually arranged around a driveway.
  19. (historical) A gold coin of the reign of James I, worth twenty shillings.
  20. A work unit.
  21. (Britain, Australia, slang) A physically large person.
    • 2018, 11 December, BBC News, Aylesbury goalkeeper, 14, dies after match injury
      Luca's father, Americo Campanaro, said: "I feel like my heart has been ripped out."
      Mr Campanaro added: "He was a big lad, a big unit, that's why he was a goalkeeper, with a big heart to match. A gentle giant."

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Translations

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Adjective

unit (not comparable)

  1. For each unit.
    We have to keep our unit costs down if we want to make a profit.
  2. (mathematics) Having a size or magnitude of one.
    • 1990, William W. S. Wei, Time Series Analysis, →ISBN, page 9:
      Consider the following time sequence
      Z t = A sin ( ω t + θ ) {\displaystyle Z_{t}=A\sin(\omega t+\theta )} ,
      where A {\displaystyle A} is a random variable with a zero mean and a unit variance and θ {\displaystyle \theta } is a random variable with a uniform distribution on the interval [ π , π ] {\displaystyle [-\pi ,\pi ]} independent of A {\displaystyle A} .

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Derived terms

 

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Joint Publication 1-02 U.S. Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms; 12 April 2001 (As Amended Through 14 April 2006).

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Catalan unit definition

Pronunciation

Adjective

unit (feminine unida, masculine plural units, feminine plural unides)

  1. united

Derived terms

Verb

unit m (feminine unida, masculine plural units, feminine plural unides)

  1. past participle of unir

French unit definition

Pronunciation

Verb

unit

  1. third-person singular present indicative of unir
  2. third-person singular past historic of unir

Anagrams


Indonesian unit definition

Etymology

From English unit.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈʊnɪt̚]
  • Hyphenation: unit

Noun

unit (first-person possessive unitku, second-person possessive unitmu, third-person possessive unitnya)

  1. unit:
    1. (mathematics) oneness, singularity, seen as a component of a whole number; a magnitude of one.
      Synonym: satuan
    2. (sciences) a standard measure of a quantity.

Classifier

unit

  1. Classifier for singularity.

Derived terms

  • unit contoh
  • unit desa
  • unit gawat darurat
  • unit gerak
  • unit Haugh
  • unit internasional
  • unit kerja
  • unit translasi
 

Further reading


Latin unit definition

Verb

ūnit

  1. third-person singular present active indicative of ūniō

Occitan unit definition

Pronunciation

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Verb

unit

  1. past participle of unir

Romanian unit definition

Pronunciation

Participle

unit

  1. past participle of uni

Declension


Welsh unit definition

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

Verb

unit

  1. (literary) second-person singular imperfect/conditional of uno

Mutation

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal h-prothesis
unit unchanged unchanged hunit
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.