Definition of unit noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈjuːnɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈjuːnɪt//
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    single thing
  1. 1  a single thing, person or group that is complete by itself but can also form part of something larger The cell is the unit of which all living organisms are composed. The basic unit of society is the family.
  2. 2(business) a single item of the type of product that a company sells The game's selling price was $15 per unit. What's the unit cost?
  3. group of people
  4. 3  a group of people who work or live together, especially for a particular purpose army/military/police units Medical units were operating in the disaster area.
  5. in hospital
  6. 4  a department, especially in a hospital, that provides a particular type of care or treatment the intensive care unit a maternity unit See related entries: Hospitals
  7. furniture
  8. 5  a piece of furniture, especially a cupboard, that fits with and matches others of the same type a fitted kitchen with white units floor/wall units bedroom/kitchen/storage units
  9. measurement
  10. 6unit (of something) a fixed quantity, etc. that is used as a standard measurement a unit of time/length/weight a unit of currency, such as the euro or the dollar Women are advised not to drink more than fourteen units of alcohol per week.
  11. small machine
  12. 7a small machine that has a particular purpose or is part of a larger machine a waste disposal unit the central processing unit of a computer
  13. in textbook
  14. 8one of the parts into which a textbook or a series of lessons is divided The present perfect is covered in Unit 8.
  15. flat/apartment/house
  16. 9(also home unit) (Australian English, New Zealand English) a single flat/apartment or house in a building or group of buildings containing a number of them
  17. number
  18. 10any whole number from 0 to 9 a column for the tens and a column for the units
  19. Word Originlate 16th cent. (as a mathematical term): from Latin unus, probably suggested by digit.Extra examples China produced 65 million units last year. Electricity is ten pence per unit. Large departments were broken down into smaller units. She works in the maternity unit at the local hospital. The cancer research unit is attached to the local university. The family is the basic unit of society. The manufacturer sold 73 000 units in the first quarter. The new manager changed a talented collection of individuals into a cohesive unit. This study’s unit of analysis is the individual hospital. We’re having new kitchen units installed. a single dwelling unit a unit of currency fifty units of electricity the average unit cost of all products the central processing unit in a computer the role of the family unit in the community to change a collection of individuals into a cohesive unit Enemy units have infiltrated the territory. Enemy units were advancing from the south. She was taken to the intensive care unit. The army is collaborating with guerrilla units in the border region. The hospital’s maternity unit is to be closed. We offer a wide choice of kitchen units in traditional and modern styles. You can maximize space by having wall units fitted. an air-conditioning unit
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