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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mike John of the Cincinnati Police Department works with Shrimplin on a dedicated unit that responds to domestic violence calls with police and WHW advocates. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "Pandemic side effect: Domestic violence spikes, grows more deadly," 31 July 2020 Two members of the gang, Barnsley and Doncaster, demurred, arguing that Yorkshire should be treated as a single unit. The Economist, "Regional inequality in Britain Why Britain is more geographically unequal than any other rich country," 30 July 2020 At a Massachusetts hospital recently, the coronavirus spread at a non-Covid-19 unit after an employee traveled to a hot spot and then went back to work, CNN affiliate WWLP reported. Theresa Waldrop, CNN, "What we can learn from sports about preventing Covid-19 after Marlins outbreak," 30 July 2020 The chief doctor of a Baltimore hospital’s critical care unit has died after contracting the coronavirus. USA TODAY, "Space Camp, isolated senators, Yakov Smirnoff: News from around our 50 states," 30 July 2020 Excluding outlays associated with political campaigns, U.S. ad spending is expected to decline by 13% this year because of the pandemic, according to a forecast last month by the ad-buying conglomerate GroupM, a unit of WPP PLC. Sahil Patel, WSJ, "Interpublic Is Latest Ad Giant to Report Drop in Revenue," 29 July 2020 She was voted team Defensive MVP as a sophomore, leading a unit that paved the way for a C-USA regular season championship. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Kinkaid graduates Stephens, Smith garner top C-USA honors," 13 July 2020 Correspondents typically weren’t attached to a specific unit. oregonlive, "Michael McCusker led 1970 Portland protests that terrified Oregon’s governor, sparked Vortex I; 50 years later, he still seeks truth," 13 July 2020 Search warrants for the auction website and the suspect’s social media accounts helped detectives locate the person’s place of employment, a hotel room being used as a residence and a storage unit. Kailyn Brown, Los Angeles Times, "Stolen Disney memorabilia worth thousands found in online auction, authorities say," 13 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective In common areas of a multi-unit housing building, including, but not limited to, hallways, stairways, elevators, and lobbies. Robin Goist, cleveland, "Akron mayor pushes to make masks mandatory in city," 9 July 2020

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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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3 Aug 2020

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“Unit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unit. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for unit

unit

noun
How to pronounce unit (audio)

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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