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English noun: unit

1. unit (quantity) any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange


SamplesThe dollar is the United States unit of currency.
A unit of wheat is a bushel.
Change per unit volume.


Synonymsunit of measurement


Broader (hypernym)definite quantity


Narrower (hyponym)absorption unit, acceleration unit, angular unit, area unit, bit, Brinell number, capacity measure, capacity unit, carat, computer memory unit, cubage unit, cubature unit, cubic content unit, cubic measure, denier, diopter, dioptre, displacement unit, electromagnetic unit, electrostatic unit, emu, energy unit, explosive unit, force unit, heat unit, karat, kt, langley, linear measure, linear unit, mass unit, measuring block, measuring unit, megaflop, metric, metric unit, MFLOP, miles per gallon, million floating point operations per second, million instructions per second, MIPS, monetary unit, pain unit, point, pressure unit, printing unit, sound unit, square measure, telephone unit, temperature unit, teraflop, trillion floating point operations per second, unit of viscosity, volume unit, weight, weight unit, work unit

2. unit an individual or group or structure or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole


SamplesThe reduced the number of units and installations.
The word is a basic linguistic unit.


Broader (hypernym)component, component part, constituent, part, portion

3. unit (group) an organization regarded as part of a larger social group


SamplesThe coach said the offensive unit did a good job.
After the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit.


Synonymssocial unit


Broader (hypernym)organisation, organization


Narrower (hyponym)administrative body, administrative unit, combination, company, crew, crew, den, family, fifth column, force, gang, general delivery, home, house, household, ICU, instrumentality, intensive care unit, klavern, member, menage, military force, military group, military unit, outfit, political entity, political unit, poste restante, scout group, scout troop, side, squad, task force, team, Trojan horse, troop, work party, working group, working party

4. unit (cognition) a single undivided whole


SamplesAn idea is not a unit that can be moved from one brain to another.


Broader (hypernym)whole


Narrower (hyponym)one

5. unit (object) a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else


SamplesUnits of nucleic acids.


Synonymsbuilding block


Broader (hypernym)thing


Narrower (hyponym)chain, chemical chain, chemical group, couple, group, molecule, radical, unit cell


Part holonympart, piece

6. unit an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity


SamplesHow big is that part compared to the whole?.
The team is a unit.


Synonymswhole


Broader (hypernym)object, physical object


Narrower (hyponym)aggregate, animate thing, artefact, artifact, assembly, congener, item, living thing, natural object, sum, total, totality


Part holonympart, portion, section, segment









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