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UNIT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unit mean? 

UNIT (noun)
  The noun UNIT has 6 senses:

1. any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange
2. an individual or group or structure or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole
3. an organization regarded as part of a larger social group
4. a single undivided whole
5. a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else
6. an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity

  Familiarity information: UNIT used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNIT (noun)


Sense 1unit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

unit; unit of measurement

Context examples:

the dollar is the United States unit of currency / a unit of wheat is a bushel / change per unit volume

Hypernyms ("unit" is a kind of...):

definite quantity (a specific measure of amount)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "unit"):

weight; weight unit (a unit used to measure weight)

temperature unit (a unit of measurement for temperature)

telephone unit (a unit of measurement for telephone use)

sound unit (any acoustic unit of measurement)

printing unit (a unit of measurement for printing)

pressure unit (a unit measuring force per unit area)

pain unit (a unit measuring the intensity of pain)

mass unit (a unit of measurement for mass)

unit of viscosity (a unit of measurement for viscosity)

energy unit; heat unit; work unit (a unit of measurement for work)

langley (unit of solar radiation)

Brinell number (measure of the hardness of a material)

point (the unit of counting in scoring a game or contest)

bit (a unit of measurement of information (from binary + digit); the amount of information in a system having two equiprobable states)

megabit (one million bits)

electrostatic unit (any of various units of electricity based on forces of interaction between electric charges)

million instructions per second; MIPS ((computer science) a unit for measuring the execution speed of a computer's CPU (but not the whole system))

teraflop; trillion floating point operations per second; megaflop; MFLOP; million floating point operations per second ((computer science) a unit for measuring the speed of a computer system)

denier (a unit of measurement for the fineness of silk or nylon or rayon)

diopter; dioptre (a unit of measurement of the refractive power of a lens which is equal to the reciprocal of the focal length measured in meters; used by oculists)

carat; karat; kt (the unit of measurement for the proportion of gold in an alloy; 18-karat gold is 75% gold; 24-karat gold is pure gold)

absorption unit (a unit for measuring absorption)

acceleration unit (a unit for measuring acceleration)

angular unit (a unit of measurement for angles)

area unit; square measure (a system of units used to measure areas)

capacity measure; capacity unit; cubage unit; cubature unit; cubic content unit; cubic measure; displacement unit; volume unit (a unit of measurement of volume or capacity)

computer memory unit (a unit for measuring computer memory)

electromagnetic unit; emu (any of various systems of units for measuring electricity and magnetism)

explosive unit (any unit for measuring the force of explosions)

force unit (a unit of measurement of physical force)

metric; metric unit (a decimal unit of measurement of the metric system (based on meters and kilograms and seconds))

miles per gallon (the distance traveled in a vehicle powered by one gallon of gasoline or diesel fuel)

monetary unit (a unit of money)

measuring block; measuring unit (a unit of measurement)


Sense 2unit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An individual or group or structure or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Context examples:

the reduced the number of units and installations / the word is a basic linguistic unit

Hypernyms ("unit" is a kind of...):

component; component part; part; portion (something determined in relation to something that includes it)


Sense 3unit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An organization regarded as part of a larger social group

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

social unit; unit

Context examples:

the coach said the offensive unit did a good job / after the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit

Hypernyms ("unit" is a kind of...):

organisation; organization (a group of people who work together)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "unit"):

crew; gang; work party (an organized group of workmen)

combination (a group of people (often temporary) having a common purpose)

crew (the men who man a ship or aircraft)

scout group; scout troop; troop (a unit of girl or boy scouts)

outfit (any cohesive unit such as a military company)

fifth column; Trojan horse (a subversive group that supports the enemy and engages in espionage or sabotage; an enemy in your midst)

political entity; political unit (a unit with political responsibilities)

side (one of two or more contesting groups)

working group; working party (a group of people working together temporarily until some goal is achieved)

den (a unit of 8 to 10 cub scouts)

squad; team (a cooperative unit)

task force (a semipermanent unit created to carry out a continuing task)

klavern (a local unit of the Ku Klux Klan)

administrative body; administrative unit (a unit with administrative responsibilities)

company (a unit of firefighters including their equipment)

family; home; house; household; menage (a social unit living together)

general delivery; poste restante (a part of the post office that handles mail for persons who call for it)

instrumentality (a subsidiary organ of government created for a special purpose)

ICU; intensive care unit (a hospital unit staffed and equipped to provide intensive care)

member (an organization that is a member of another organization (especially a state that belongs to a group of nations))

force; military force; military group; military unit (a unit that is part of some military service)


Sense 4unit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A single undivided whole

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

an idea is not a unit that can be moved from one brain to another

Hypernyms ("unit" is a kind of...):

whole (all of something including all its component elements or parts)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "unit"):

one (a single person or thing)


Sense 5unit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

building block; unit

Context example:

units of nucleic acids

Hypernyms ("unit" is a kind of...):

thing (a separate and self-contained entity)

Meronyms (parts of "unit"):

part; piece (a portion of a natural object)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "unit"):

molecule ((physics and chemistry) the simplest structural unit of an element or compound)

chemical group; group; radical ((chemistry) two or more atoms bound together as a single unit and forming part of a molecule)

unit cell (the smallest group of atoms or molecules whose repetition at regular intervals in three dimensions produces the lattices of a crystal)

couple ((physics) something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines)

chain; chemical chain ((chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule))


Sense 6unit [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity

Classified under:

Nouns with no superordinates

Synonyms:

whole; unit

Context examples:

how big is that part compared to the whole? / the team is a unit

Hypernyms ("unit" is a kind of...):

object; physical object (a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow)

Meronyms (parts of "unit"):

part; portion (something less than the whole of a human artifact)

section; segment (one of several parts or pieces that fit with others to constitute a whole object)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "unit"):

natural object (an object occurring naturally; not made by man)

artefact; artifact (a man-made object taken as a whole)

item (a whole individual unit; especially when included in a list or collection)

aggregate; sum; total; totality (the whole amount)


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