unit

noun
\ ˈyü-nət How to pronounce unit (audio) \

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 building had already been turned into apartments, and the sale amounted to $113,750 per unit. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "Former Daily Record building in downtown Baltimore sold for nearly $2.3 million," 5 June 2019 Failure to comply could result in penalties of $500 a day per unit. Lois K. Solomon, sun-sentinel.com, "Airbnb rule changes may not end lawsuits," 4 June 2019 The bid request is in response to a report from the Illinois Housing Development Authority which found only 3,778 of Naperville’s 50,410 housing units — or 7.5% — are affordable. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Naperville seeks bids for affordable housing plan following report that found city's stock is lacking," 4 June 2019 That bond money has been committed to build more than half of the 10,000 new housing units planned countywide over the next decade, Lynn said. Washington Post, "Homelessness rises 12% in Los Angeles County, study finds," 4 June 2019 City and county officials also have brought residents back downtown by subsidizing the construction of thousands of housing units in the area. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "City Council could vote to drastically reshape areas near downtown San Antonio," 4 June 2019 Four out of the seven base units within the SI will be changed in total, including the ampre, the kelvin, and the mole. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Why the World's Measuring Systems Just Changed—and What It Means," 20 May 2019 The premise of many 2 degree scenarios is that global economies will continue growing but, thanks to the magic of decoupling, carbon intensity — the ratio of carbon emitted per unit of economic output — will rapidly fall and thus so will emissions. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 And all units of the NAACP must abide by those policies or else—or their leaders or the entire chapter may be disciplined, including suspension, reorganization or... WSJ, "Charter-School Move No Revolt for NAACP," 14 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce unit (audio) \

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 How to pronounce unit (audio) \

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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