(noun, adjective)


1. For each unit.

- We have to keep our unit costs down if we want to make a profit.

2. (mathematics) Having a size or magnitude of one.


1. 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

Definition categories: quantity

2. 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

Definition categories: link, component, constituent, part, portion

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

Definition categories: group, organisation, organization

4. a single undivided whole

- an idea is not a unit that can be moved from one brain to another

Definition categories: thought, whole

5. a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else

- units of nucleic acids

Definition categories: object, thing

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

- the team is a unit

Similar word(s): whole

Definition categories: general, object

Sentences with unit as a noun:

- The centimetre is a unit of length.

- This pill provides 500 units of Vitamin E.

- He was a member of a special police unit.

- The fifth tank brigade moved in with 20 units. (i.e., 20 tanks)

- We shipped nearly twice as many units this month as last month.