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Unit appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun unit:

spoken English30.55%written English69.45% imaginative writing11.45%informational writing88.55%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun unit:

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Definition of the noun unit

What does unit mean as a name of something?

Unit is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.

noun - plural: units

  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
    • examples: the reduced the number of units and installations | the word is a basic linguistic unit
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic terms: component / component part / constituent / part / portion = something determined in relation to something that includes it
  3. an organization regarded as part of a larger social group
  4. a single undivided whole
    • example: an idea is not a unit that can be moved from one brain to another
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic word: whole = all of something including all its component elements or parts
    • more specific word: one = a single person or thing
  5. a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else
    • example: units of nucleic acids
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonym of unit: building block
    • more generic word: thing = a separate and self-contained entity
    • more specific terms:
      • chemical chain / chain = a series of linked atoms
      • couple = something joined by two equal and opposite forces that act along parallel lines
      • unit cell = the smallest group of atoms or molecules whose repetition at regular intervals in three dimensions produces the lattices of a crystal
      • chemical group / radical / group = two or more atoms bound together as a single unit and forming part of a molecule
      • molecule = the simplest structural unit of an element or compound
    • part: piece / part = a portion of a natural object
  6. an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity

Alternative definition of the noun unit


  1. [sciences] A standard measure of a quantity.
  2. An organized group comprising people and/or equipment.
  3. [military] A self-contained military organization; usually a battalion, regiment, or naval ship.
  4. [military, informal] A member of a military organization.
  5. [US, military] Any military element whose structure is prescribed by competent authority, such as a table of organization and equipment; specifically, part of an organization
  6. [US, military] An organization title of a subdivision of a group in a task force
  7. [US, military] A standard or basic quantity into which an item of supply is divided, issued, or used. In this meaning, also called unit of issue
  8. [US, military] 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
  9. [algebra] An element of a ring having a multiplicative inverse. (Formerly just the identity element 1R of a ring.)
  10. (commerce) An item which may be sold singly.
  11. (UK) (electricity) One kilowatt-hour (as recorded on an electricity meter).

Definition of the adjective unit

What does unit mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more unit / uniter |

  1. For each unit.
  2. [mathematics] Having a size or magnitude of one.


Unit a.k.a. Tura Airport is a small airport in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia located 13 km northeast of Tura. KrasAvia operates flights to Krasnoyarsk Yemelyanovo Airport twice a week.


  1. Unit is an electronic musician based in New York City. Unit began releasing electronic music officially at the age of 25, although he had musical involvement for many years prior, playing bass guitar at 17, and began working on electronic music at the age of 18. Unit has toured at various venues in Europe.
    • born on (41 years ago)
    • profession: Musician, artist, graphic designer, music artist, visual artist
    • genre: Intelligent dance music
    • albums: "The Narcoleptic Symphony", "I Came Here to Tell You How It's Going to Begin", "Hello ... My Name Is"
    • official website:
  2. Unit was a short-lived but influential artist's collective in east London which organised exhibitions between 1997-1999 - a crucial moment in London's burgeoning contemporary art scene. Many of the artists that participated in Unit exhibitions have moved on to achieve international acclaim. The core members were curator Stéphanie Bacqué and artists John Chilver, Stuart Croft, DJ Simpson, Ben Tunstall and Neil Zakiewicz.

There are other people with in their name, like The Big Unit, Moon Unit Zappa, National Film Unit, British Standard Unit and The Jahari Massamba Unit.


Unit is a musical group.

  • albums: "Live It Up", "Move Your Body"


Unit is a record label.


  1. "Unit" is the second full-length album by Australian band Regurgitator, released in November 1997. Its style is a mixture of 1980s style synthesised popular music and alternative rock, with some hip-hop influences. It was widely successful, receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews and five of the songs featured broke into the commercial mainstream, mostly due to their popularity with alternative radio stations. On 19 October 1998, the album was re-released as Unit Re-Booted, which included the album's five video clips. In 1998, Unit won 5 ARIA awards, and in 1999, it went triple platinum, eventually selling over 240,000 copies.
  2. "Unit" is a musical album of Adam Makowicz.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  3. "Unit" is a musical album of Marc Behrens.
    • released in (4 years ago)
  4. "Unit" is a cataloged instance, composition.


  1. UNIT is a military organisation from the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, Torchwood, and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Operating under the auspices of the UN, its purpose is to investigate and combat paranormal and extraterrestrial threats to the Earth. In the original Doctor Who series, several UNIT personnel played a major role in the programme.
  2. Unit: In mathematics, an invertible element or a unit in a ring R refers to any element u that has an inverse element in the multiplicative monoid of R, i.e.
    • also known as 单位
  3. Unit: A unit is a measure of housing equivalent to the living quarters of one household.
  4. Unit: The military unit this person belonged to. Enter the lowest hierarchical level known. For example, if someone served in the US 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, enter that rather regiment rather than the 101st Airborne Division. However, if all you know is that they served in the 101st, enter that rather than leaving the property blank.
  5. Unit: The measure that the quantity of the ingredient is measured in. For example, if a recipe calls for 1 cup of water, the quantity is "1" and the unit is "cup". This can also include approximate measures such as "pinch" and "handful.
  6. Unit a.k.a. unit++ is a unit testing framework module for C++. The author started it as an alternative to CppUnit, which he felt was insufficiently integrated into the C++ language.
  7. The unit commanded, if the commander was in charge of a particular unit.
  8. Unit: A military unit that has been posted here.
  9. The unit of measure. Examples are Seconds, Grams, Volts, Metres, etc.

Phrases with Unit

Phrases starting with the word Unit:

  1. unit cell
  2. unit cost
  3. Unit Test

Phrases ending with the word Unit:

  1. B-Unit
  2. T-Unit
  3. si unit
  4. air unit
  5. Api Unit
  6. dry unit
  7. K-9 Unit
  8. Usp Unit
  9. area unit
  10. army unit
  11. Base Unit
  12. flux unit
  13. heat unit
  14. mass unit
  15. pain unit
  16. time unit
  17. troy unit

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Unit

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Google previewAcoustical Engineering (1957)

by Harry F. Olson

The unit is the mechanical ohm. Mechanical Rectilineal Resistance (Mechanical Resistance) — Mechanical rectilineal resistance is the real part of the mechanical rectilineal impedance. This is the part responsible for the dissipation of energy.

Google previewCode of Federal Regulations (2005)


Fluidized bed combustion unit means a unit where municipal waste is combusted in a fluidized bed of material. The fluidized bed material may remain in the primary combustion zone or may be carried out of the primary combustion zone and ...

Google previewForeign Trade Requirements (1903)

INDIA The monetary standard is gold; the unit is the sovereign. The sovereign is legal tender at the rate of 15 rupees. The coins are the sovereign and half- sovereign (gold); rupee, half-rupee, quarter-rupee and eighth-rupee (silver); 1 and 2 ...

Google previewStandard Handbook for Electrical Engineers (1915)

by Frank Fuller Fowle, Archer Eben Knowlton

The practical unit is the volt. The C.G.S. units are the abvolt and statvolt. 49. Potential gradient. The space rate of change of potential, or the change with respect to distance. # An electric potential gradient is the space rate of change of electric ...

Google previewThe Code of Federal Regulations of the United States of America (1981)

by Office of the Federal Register (U.S.)

An "EE" designated unit is an electrically-powered unit that has, in addition to all the requirements for the "E" unit,

A "G" designated unit is a gasoline- powered unit having minimum acceptable safeguards against inherent fire hazards.

Google previewAmerican telegraph practice (1913)

a complete technical course in modern telegraphy, including simultaneous telegraphy and telephony by Donald Monroe McNicol

The standard unit is a column of pure mercury at a temperature of o° C, of uniform cross-section, 106.3 cm- long and...

The unit is the volt, and the practical standard adopted by the London conference in 1908, is the Weston cell which has an ...

Google previewUgly's Electric Motors and Controls (2011)

by Jones & Bartlett Learning,

Linear Measures: (THE UNIT IS THE METER = 39.37 INCHES) Square Measures: (THE UNIT ...

Google previewUgly's Plumbing References (2011)

by Rex Miller, Mark R. Miller


Google previewLate Cretaceous and Cenozoic Mammals of North America (2012)

Biostratigraphy and Geochronology by Michael O. Woodburne

The basic nonhierarchic unit is the biochronozone.d Informal hierarchic units are the “System,” “Series,” and “Stage.

best standard for a chronostratigraphic unit is a body of rocks formed ...

Google previewEnergy Pricing (2011)

Economics and Principles by Roger L. Conkling

The electric unit is the kilowatt; the peak period adopted may be instantaneous, quarter-hour, ...

Google previewThe Concise English (1905)

Dictionary Literary Scientific and Technical by Charles Annandale

The unit is the holiviano or dollar of 100 centavos, with a value of about 18.8:1. There are silver, nickel, and bronze, but no gold coins.

Google previewNational Health Data Dictionary 2012 version 16

Specialised service indicators—major plastic/reconstructive surgery unit ..... ............... 1989 Specialised service indicators—neonatal intensive care unit (level III) ........................... 1990 Specialised service indicators—neurosurgical unit .

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary of Building (2012)

by Peter Brett


Google previewThe Computer and Information Science and Technology Abbreviations and Acronyms Dictionary (1994)

by David W. South

unified atomic mass unit (Symbol for); micro (Typewritten or print substitute for Greek letter u [mu], denoting I0"6); unified; unit; universal; update; user U Uranium (Symbol); Unit; Universal set (Symbol for); Union of sets (Symbol for); ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Global Change (2001)

Environmental Change and Human Society

Lithostratigraphy is based on a particular lithologic homogeneity that is used to recognize a rock or deposit unit. It works within the framework of both unconsolidated, unweathered, and undifferentiated material (such as deposits) and ...

Google previewDictionary of Asia Pacific Business Terms (2004)

by Chwee Huat Tan

Joint Financial Intelligence Unit In Hong Kong, the Joint Financial Intelligence Unit was set up in 1989 to receive reports about suspicious financial activity made under the provisions of the Drug Trafficking ( Recovery ...

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary for Building Construction (1993)

by John E. Traister


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Quotes about Unit

Even as the cell is the unit of the organic body, so the family is the unit of society. (Ruth Nanda Anshen)
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Scrabble value of U1N1I1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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