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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: unity

unit

noun
     
u‧nit W3 [countable]
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

TM 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

SESTCN one of the numbered parts into which a textbook (=a book used in schools) is divided
5BB

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
7

furniture

DHF a piece of furniture, especially one that can be attached to others of the same type:
fitted kitchen units British English
8

apartment

American EnglishDHH a single apartment in a larger building
9

school/university

American EnglishSE an amount of work that a student needs to do in order to complete a particular course
10

number

HMN British English technical any whole number less than ten:
hundreds, tens, and units

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