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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.


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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