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fundamental unit Syllabification: fun·da·men·tal u·nit

Definition of fundamental unit in English:


1One of a set of unrelated units of measurement, which are arbitrarily defined and from which other units are derived. For example, in the SI system the fundamental units are the meter, kilogram, and second.
Example sentences
  • SI (Système Internationale d' Unites) uses seven different fundamental units, the meter, kilogram, second, ampere, kelvin, candela, and mole.
  • Pyroelectric detectors and other thermal detectors are the basis for all primary standards used to ensure that laser power and energy measurements are traceable to fundamental units.
  • With their sights set on objectivity, precision, and repeatability, scientists around the world were strongly motivated to standardize the fundamental units of measurement.
1.1A thing that is or is perceived as being the smallest part into which a complex whole can be analyzed: the house is the fundamental unit of Basque society
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  • Considering that the basic nuclear family structure has been a fundamental unit of society for generations, it is not surprising that such a statistic is met with some alarm.
  • This positive aspect of globalisation has been present in theory but not in practice, for it has failed to recognise the individual as the fundamental unit of civil society.
  • The shadow of peace assumes that geopolitical entities called nation-states are the fundamental units of analysis, and that the political and military leaders of these nation-states are the primary actors and leaders.
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