noun (plural unities)[mass noun]
- 1The state of being united or joined as a whole: European unity ways of preserving family unityMore example sentences
- Today, though, the economic unity of the extended family has broken down.
- Germany's economic unity was to be preserved, though this was undermined by the decision that each power could take reparations from its own occupied territories.
- It is highly unlikely that they would allow any internal or external factor to trifle with their unity or a united platform to promote and preserve their interests.
- 1.1The state of forming a complete and harmonious whole, especially in an artistic context: the repeated phrase gives the piece unity and cohesionMore example sentences
- There Schlegel turned his attention not just to the production of harmonious unity in individual works of art but also to their reception by the spectator.
- With a poetic twist on artistic unity, this film evokes the thought that we are subject to a very similar imprisonment, even in the comfort of our own culture.
- I nearly fell back as it all suddenly came together for me, the pins and pieces of a great puzzle falling into harmonious unity.
- 1.2 [count noun] A thing forming a complex whole: they speak of the three parts as a unityMore example sentences
- So does the Bible teach that the human person is a psychosomatic unity which perishes completely with death?
- Yet we don't count up two diamonds from the deuce and two from the trey, but treat each card as a complete unity.
- Naturalism could, however, conflict with the demands of the setting, as in the stained glass at Fairford church, where the stone mullions cut across compositions designed as a unity.
- 2 Mathematics The number one: the slope of each dotted line is less than unityMore example sentences
- All these proofs use complex numbers and roots of unity, as does the author's.
- Selecting different values of the base value a, there turns out to be only one value of a such that the gradient of the graph is unity at x = 0.
- In fact, he even may have gained speed on rivals, thanks to specific properties of the two cube roots of unity that are complex numbers.
- 3 [count noun] Each of the three dramatic principles requiring limitation of the supposed time of a drama to that occupied in acting it or to a single day ( unity of time), use of one scene throughout ( unity of place), and concentration on the development of a single plot ( unity of action).More example sentences
- Nevertheless, the plays are far removed from the classical pattern: they rarely present a unity of action, time and place.
- The plot, observing the classical unity of time by taking place in a 24-hour period, is the barest of sketches, a pretext for the feelings of sadness, world-weariness, and desperate hope.
- Sophocles' play was for Aristotle an exemplary tragedy, both formally, in terms of unity of action, and in its tragic story.
Middle English: from Old French unite, from Latin unitas, from unus 'one'.