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
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
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
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. 2012