unit

noun
\ˈyü-nət \

Definition of unit 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the first and least natural number : one

b : a single quantity regarded as a whole in calculation

2 : a determinate quantity (as of length, time, heat, or value) adopted as a standard of measurement: such as

a : an amount of work used in education in calculating student credits

b : an amount of a biologically active agent (such as a drug or antigen) required to produce a specific result — compare international unit

3a : a single thing, person, or group that is a constituent of a whole

b : a part of a military establishment that has a prescribed organization (as of personnel and materiel)

c : a piece or complex of apparatus serving to perform one particular function

d : a part of a school course focusing on a central theme

e : a local congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses

f : a small molecule especially when combined in a larger molecule repeating units of a polymer

g : an area in a medical facility and especially a hospital that is specially staffed and equipped to provide a particular type of care an intensive care unit

unit

adjective

Definition of unit (Entry 2 of 2)

: being, relating to, or measuring one unit

Examples of unit in a Sentence

Noun

The family is the basic unit of society. The search party broke up into smaller units. Their army unit guarded the border. Feet and meters are units of length. The dollar is the principal unit of American currency.
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The bullpen’s shutout was a welcome sight for a unit that has struggled recently, posting an ERA just short of six in the month of July. Mike Persak, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Marlins shut out Phillies, 2-0, even weekend series with division leaders," 14 July 2018 Childress was taken to a hospital later that night and transferred to a burn unit. CBS News, "Giant hogweed sends Virginia teen to hospital, burn unit," 13 July 2018 Base rents are now $110 for an efficiency and $130 for a one-bedroom unit. Bill Leukhardt, Courant Community, "Waiting List Open For Southington Housing Authority Apartments," 13 July 2018 Houses equipped with Tesla Solar Roof would feed energy to Powerwall, a sleek storage unit designed to act as an electricity fill-up station for both the house and a Tesla electric car. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Burning for Tesla Powerwall? Get ready to wait as Musk's solar vision takes a backseat to Model 3," 13 July 2018 After the preliminary hearing, Elias also set Winslow II’s bail at $2 million, and ordered him to wear a GPS unit if he is released from custody. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Winslow II to face trial on two rape charges, linked by DNA to one accuser," 12 July 2018 Bowman used him on a line with Yzerman and Brendan Shanahan, creating a unit that could play against anybody. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Should Detroit Red Wings retire Sergei Fedorov's No. 91? It's time.," 12 July 2018 Estimated rents range for $1,250 for a studio to $1,843 for a two-bedroom unit with parking included. Kenneth R. Gosselin, courant.com, "Renovations Begin In Last Major Structure At Hartford's Colt Complex," 11 July 2018 For a unit that was again cobbled together on the cheap in the offseason, the Diamondbacks have managed for the second consecutive year to get stellar results from their bullpen. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks taxing bullpen but still getting results," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of unit

Noun

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

1633, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for unit

Noun

back-formation from unity

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unit

noun

English Language Learners Definition of unit

: a single thing, person, or group that is a part of something larger

: a part of a hospital where a particular type of care is provided

: a particular amount of length, time, money, etc., that is used as a standard for counting or measuring

unit

noun
\ˈyü-nət \

Kids Definition of unit

1 : a single thing, person, or group forming part of a whole There are 36 units in my apartment building.

2 : the least whole number : one

3 : a fixed quantity (as of length, time, or value) used as a standard of measurement An inch is a unit of length.

4 : a part of a school course with a central theme

unit

noun
\ˈyü-nət \

Medical Definition of unit 

1 : an amount of a biologically active agent (as a drug or antigen) required to produce a specific result under strictly controlled conditions a unit of penicillin — see international unit

2 : a small molecule especially when combined in a larger molecule repeating units of a polymer

3 : an area in a medical facility and especially a hospital that is specially staffed and equipped to provide a particular type of care an intensive care unit

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