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unit British & World 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 English Thesaurus

the family is the fundamental unit of British society

base unit British & World English

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

home unit British & World English

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

tone unit British & World English

Another term for tone group.

unit cell British & World English

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

wall unit British & World English

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

Dobson unit British & World 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 British & World English

The members of a family, regarded as a single social group within society as a whole

social unit British & World English

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

unit-linked British & World 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 matrix British & World English

Another term for identity matrix.

unit train British & World English

A train transporting a single commodity

unit trust British & World English

A trust formed to manage a portfolio of stock exchange securities, in which small investors can buy units

unit vector British & World English

A vector which has a magnitude of one

vanity unit British & World English

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

absolute unit British & World English

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

business unit British & World English

another term for strategic business unit.

consumer unit British & World 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 British & World English

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

monetary unit British & World English

A standard unit of value of a country’s coinage

multiple unit British & World 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

thermal unit British & World English

A unit of measurement for heat

unit membrane British & World English

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

unit pricing British & World 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

arithmetic unit British & World English

Another term for arithmetic logic unit.

astronomical unit British & World English

A unit of measurement equal to 149.6 million kilometres, the mean distance from the centre of the earth to the centre of the sun

fundamental unit British & World English

Each 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 metre, kilogram, and second

international unit British & World 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

atomic mass unit British & World 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

coronary care unit British & World English

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

arithmetic logic unit British & World English

A unit in a computer which carries out arithmetic and logical operations

British thermal unit British & World English

The amount of heat needed to raise 1 lb of water at maximum density through one degree Fahrenheit, equivalent to 1.055 × 103 joules

solar neutrino unit British & World English

A unit used in expressing the detected flux of neutrinos from the sun, equal to 10−36 neutrino captures per target atom per second

visual display unit British & World English

A device for displaying input signals as characters on a screen

waste disposal unit British & World English

An electrically operated device fitted to the waste pipe of a kitchen sink for grinding up food waste

central processing unit British & World English

The part of a computer in which operations are controlled and executed

strategic business unit British & World English

A relatively autonomous division of a large company that operates as an independent enterprise with responsibility for a particular range of products or activities

angstrom British & World English

A unit of length equal to one hundred-millionth of a centimetre, 10−10 metre, used mainly to express wavelengths and interatomic distances

Svedberg British & World English

A unit of time equal to 10−13 seconds, used in expressing sedimentation coefficients

International System of Units British & World English

A system of physical units (SI units) based on the metre, kilogram, second, ampere, kelvin, candela, and mole, together with a set of prefixes to indicate multiplication or division by a power of ten

debye British & World English

A unit used to express electric dipole moments of molecules. One debye is equal to 3.336 × 10−30 coulomb metre

debye unit in debye British & World English

A unit used to express electric dipole moments of molecules. One debye is equal to 3.336 × 10−30 coulomb metre

unitholder British & World English

A person with an investment in a unit trust

angstrom unit in angstrom British & World English

A unit of length equal to one hundred-millionth of a centimetre, 10−10 metre, used mainly to express wavelengths and interatomic distances

Svedberg unit in Svedberg British & World English

A unit of time equal to 10−13 seconds, used in expressing sedimentation coefficients

Svedberg New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

unit of time used in expressing sedimentation coefficients


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