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unit US English

An individual thing or person regarded as single and complete but which can also form an individual component of a larger or more complex whole

unit US Thesaurus

the family is the fundamental unit of society

ox unit US English

The value of an ox as a monetary unit.

base unit US English

A fundamental unit that is defined arbitrarily and not by combinations of other units. The base units of the SI system are the meter, kilogram, second, ampere, kelvin, mole, and candela

home unit US English

A flat, especially one occupied by the owner, that is one of several in a large building

map unit US English

(In a linkage map) the distance separating two linked genes corresponding to a recombination frequency of one per cent; also called centimorgan.

mass unit US English

= atomic mass unit.

unit cell US English

The smallest group of atoms of a substance that has the overall symmetry of a crystal of that substance, and from which the entire lattice can be built up by repetition in three dimensions

wall unit US English

A piece of furniture having various sections, typically shelves and cabinets, designed to stand against a wall

atomic unit US English

A unit in a system in which certain fundamental constants, such as the mass and charge of the electron and the Bohr radius, are assigned the value 1.

Dobson unit US English

A unit of measurement for the total amount of ozone in the atmosphere above a point on the earth’s surface, one Dobson unit being equivalent to a layer of pure ozone 0.01 mm thick at standard temperature and pressure

family unit US English

The members of a family, especially parents and children, considered as a single entity within society

mobile unit US English

Military. A relatively small division of troops which may be deployed independently of the army or larger body to which it belongs.

motor unit US English

A single motor neuron and the muscle fibres which it innervates.

Oxford unit US English

A unit of penicillin dosage originally adopted at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology in the University of Oxford.

power unit US English

A device supplying power or controlling its supply; a power plant, an engine.

social unit US English

An individual, or a group or community, considered as a discrete constituent of a society or larger group

unit-linked US English

Denoting or relating to a life assurance policy or other investment in which the premiums or payments are invested in a unit trust

unit train US English

A train transporting a single commodity

unit trust US English

British term for mutual fund.

unit vector US English

A vector that has a magnitude of one

vanity unit US English

A unit consisting of a washbasin set into a flat top with cupboards beneath

absolute unit US English

A unit of measurement that is defined in terms of the fundamental units of a system (mass, length, and time) and is not based on arbitrary definitions

business unit US English

another term for strategic business unit.

consumer unit US English

An apparatus in the electrical supply at the point it enters a domestic property, which contains devices such as a switch and circuit-breakers

factory unit US English

An individual building on an area of land developed as a site for factories

housing unit US English

A self-contained section or unit intended for separate occupation in a building or group of buildings.

kitchen unit US English

A piece of furniture or equipment for fitting with others like it in a kitchen

monetary unit US English

A standard unit of value of a country’s coinage

multiple unit US English

A diesel or electric passenger train of two or more carriages powered by integral motors which drive a number of axles throughout the train

natural unit US English

A unit of measurement that is considered to be natural; especially one based on the fundamental properties of the object, space, system, etc., under consideration.

Rydberg unit US English

A unit of energy derived from the Rydberg constant, equal to approx. 2·425 × 10−18 joule.

Scoville unit US English

(Originally) the factor by which the chilli-pepper solution is diluted in the Scoville test, used as a measure of the relative pungency of the pepper; (hence) an equivalent number derived from an objective test, especially the use of gas chromatography to measure the quantity of capsaicin in a pepper.

sparrow unit US English

In the Philippines, any of a number of small guerrilla squads representing the militant sector of the Communist Party, which conduct attacks on policemen, government officials, etc.

thermal unit US English

A unit for measuring heat

unit membrane US English

A lipoprotein membrane that encloses many cells and cell organelles and is composed of two electron-dense layers enclosing a less dense layer

unit pricing US English

Identification of and labeling of items for sale with the retail price per unit, permitting easier price comparisons among similar products in different sized containers

Vanitory unit US English

A vanity unit

arithmetic unit US English

Another term for arithmetic logic unit.

maternity unit US English

A hospital department specializing in the treatment and care of women and babies during pregnancy and childbirth

penicillin unit US English

A unit of dosage or quantity of penicillin; specifically an amount having the same antibiotic activity as a standard preparation of the sodium salt of benzylpenicillin (penicillin G).

accommodation unit US English

A single place of residence, especially considered in relation to the provision of housing for a particular population, or for the purposes of official enumeration.

accumulation unit US English

A unit in an investment trust or unit trust in which dividends are reinvested in the trust, enabling the value of the unit to increase.

astronomical unit US English

A unit of measurement equal to 149.6 million kilometers, the mean distance from the center of the earth to the center of the sun

fundamental unit US English

One 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

international unit US English

A unit of activity or potency for vitamins, hormones, or other substances, defined individually for each substance in terms of the activity of a standard quantity or preparation

neighbourhood unit US English

A residential area in a planned town, including shops, a school, and other community amenities.

atomic mass unit US English

A unit of mass used to express atomic and molecular weights, equal to one-twelfth of the mass of an atom of carbon-12. It is equal to approximately 1.66 x 10-27 kg

coronary care unit US English

A hospital department that provides special care and monitoring for heart patients

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