Meaning of UNIT in English

UNIT

/ ˈjuːnɪt; NAmE / noun

SINGLE THING

1.

a single thing, person or group that is complete by itself but can also form part of sth larger :

The cell is the unit of which all living organisms are composed.

The basic unit of society is the family.

2.

( business ) a single item of the type of product that a company sells :

The game's selling price was $15 per unit.

What's the unit cost ?

GROUP OF PEOPLE

3.

a group of people who work or live together, especially for a particular purpose :

army / military / police units

Medical units were operating in the disaster area.

IN HOSPITAL

4.

a department, especially in a hospital, that provides a particular type of care or treatment :

the intensive care unit

a maternity unit

MEASUREMENT

5.

unit (of sth) a fixed quantity, etc. that is used as a standard measurement :

a unit of time / length / weight

a unit of currency , such as the euro or the dollar

Women are advised not to drink more than fourteen units of alcohol per week.

FURNITURE

6.

a piece of furniture, especially a cupboard, that fits with and matches others of the same type :

a fitted kitchen with white units

floor / wall units

bedroom / kitchen / storage units

SMALL MACHINE

7.

a small machine that has a particular purpose or is part of a larger machine :

a waste disposal unit

the central processing unit of a computer

IN TEXTBOOK

8.

one of the parts into which a textbook or a series of lessons is divided :

The present perfect is covered in Unit 8.

FLAT / APARTMENT / HOUSE

9.

(also ˈhome unit ) ( AustralE , NZE ) a single flat / apartment or house in a building or group of buildings containing a number of them

NUMBER

10.

any whole number from 0 to 9 :

a column for the tens and a column for the units

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WORD ORIGIN

late 16th cent. (as a mathematical term): from Latin unus , probably suggested by digit .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.