(1) An assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity
"How big is that part compared to the whole?"
"The team is a unit"
(2) A single undivided whole
"An idea is not a unit that can be moved from one brain to another"
(3) An organization regarded as part of a larger social group
"The coach said the offensive unit did a good job"
"After the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit"
(4) A single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else
"Units of nucleic acids"
(5) Any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange
"The dollar is the United States unit of currency"
"A unit of wheat is a bushel"
"Change per unit volume"
(6) An individual or group or structure or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole
"The reduced the number of units and installations"
"The word is a basic linguistic unit"
- A standard measure of a quantity.
- The centimetre is a unit of length.
- An organized group comprising people and/or equipment.
- He was a member of a special police unit.
- A self-contained military organization; usually a battalion, regiment, or naval ship.
- A member of a military organization.
- The fifth tank brigade moved in with 20 units. (i.e., 20 tanks)
- Any military element whose structure is prescribed by competent authority, such as a table of organization and equipment; specifically, part of an organization.
- An organization title of a subdivision of a group in a task force.
- A standard or basic quantity into which an item of supply is divided, issued, or used. In this meaning, also called unit of issue.
- 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.
- An element of a ring having a multiplicative inverse. (Formerly just the identity element 1R of a ring.)
- (commerce) An item which may be sold singly.
- We shipped nearly twice as many units this month as last month.
- (UK) (electricity) One kilowatt-hour (as recorded on an electricity meter).
- For each unit.
- We have to keep our unit costs down if we want to make a profit.
- Having a size or magnitude of one.
- All solutions lie within the unit disc centered at the origin.