Meaning of UNIT in English


u ‧ nit S2 W2 /ˈjuːnət, ˈjuːnɪt/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Date: 1500-1600 ; Origin: unity ]

1 . GROUP a group of people working together as part of a larger group:

The man is in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

2 . MEASURING an amount of something used as a standard of measurement

unit of

The watt is a unit of electrical power.

3 . PART a thing, person, or group that is regarded as one single whole part of something larger:

a Russian army unit

unit of

The family is the basic social unit of modern society.

4 . PART OF A BOOK one of the numbered parts into which a ↑ textbook (=a book used in schools) is divided

5 . PRODUCT technical a single complete product made by a company:

The factory’s output is now up to 150,000 units each month.

6 . PART OF A MACHINE a piece of equipment which is part of a larger machine

control/display/filter etc unit

7 . FURNITURE a piece of furniture, especially one that can be attached to others of the same type:

fitted kitchen units British English

storage units

8 . APARTMENT American English a single apartment in a larger building

9 . SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY American English an amount of work that a student needs to do in order to complete a particular course

10 . NUMBER British English technical any whole number less than ten:

hundreds, tens, and units

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■ parts of a hospital

▪ A&E/casualty British English , emergency room/ER American English the part of a hospital where people who are injured or who need urgent treatment are brought:

A&E waiting times have gone down.


A 33-year-old man was brought to the emergency room in a coma.

▪ operating theatre British English , operating room American English a room in a hospital where operations are done:

Mrs Barnett was in the operating theatre for 11 hours while the transplant was carried out.

▪ intensive care the part of a hospital where people who are very seriously ill or badly injured are cared for:

Mr Dye is in intensive care with head injuries.

▪ unit part of a hospital where a particular kind of treatment is carried out:

the burns unit


the fertility unit

▪ ward a large room in a hospital where people who need medical treatment stay:

the women's ward


She works as a nurse on a busy hospital ward.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.