Divide vs Unit - What's the difference?

divide | unit |

As verbs the difference between divide and unit

is that divide is to split or separate (something) into two or more parts while unit is .

As a noun divide

is a thing that divides.




  • To split or separate (something) into two or more parts.
  • a wall divides''' two houses; a stream '''divides the towns
  • * Bible, 1 Kings iii. 25
  • Divide the living child in two.
  • To share (something) by dividing it.
  • * Spenser
  • true justice unto people to divide
  • (arithmetic) To calculate the number (the quotient) by which you must multiply one given number (the divisor) to produce a second given number (the dividend).
  • (arithmetic) To be a divisor of.
  • To separate into two or more parts.
  • (biology) Of a cell, to reproduce by dividing.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Welcome to the plastisphere , passage=[The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits around two microns across. Such pits are about the size of a bacterial cell. Closer examination showed that some of these pits did, indeed, contain bacteria, and that in several cases these bacteria were dividing and thus, by the perverse arithmetic of biological terminology, multiplying.}}
  • To disunite in opinion or interest; to make discordant or hostile; to set at variance.
  • * Bible, Mark iii. 24
  • If a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
  • * Prescott
  • Every family became now divided within itself.
  • (obsolete) To break friendship; to fall out.
  • * 1605 , , I. ii. 107:
  • love cools, friendship / falls off, brothers divide .
  • (obsolete) To have a share; to partake.
  • * 1608 , , I. vi. 87:
  • Make good this ostentation, and you shall / Divide in all with us.
  • To vote, as in the British Parliament, by the members separating themselves into two parties (as on opposite sides of the hall or in opposite lobbies), that is, the ayes dividing from the noes.
  • * Gibbon
  • The emperors sat, voted, and divided with their equals.
  • To mark divisions on; to graduate.
  • to divide a sextant
  • (music) To play or sing in a florid style, or with variations.
  • (Spenser)


    * (split into two or more parts) cut up, disunite, partition, split, split up * (share by dividing) divvy up, divide up, share, share out * (separate into two or more parts) separate, shear, split, split up


    * (split into two or more parts) combine, merge, unify, unite * (calculate times of multiplication) multiply

    See also

    * quotient * separate


    (en noun)
  • A thing that divides.
  • Stay on your side of the divide , please.
  • An act of dividing.
  • The divide left most of the good land on my share of the property.
  • A distancing between two people or things.
  • There is a great divide between us.
  • (geography) A large chasm, gorge, or ravine between two areas of land.
  • If you're heading to the coast, you'll have to cross the divide first.





    (en noun)
  • (sciences) A standard measure of a quantity.
  • The centimetre is a unit of length.
  • The number one.
  • This pill provides 500 units of Vitamin E.
  • An organized group comprising people and/or equipment.
  • He was a member of a special police unit .
  • (military, informal) A member of a military organization.
  • The fifth tank brigade moved in with 20 units .'' (''i.e., 20 tanks )
  • (US, military) Any military element whose structure is prescribed by competent authority, such as a table of organization and equipment; specifically, part of an organizationJoint Publication 1-02 U.S. Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms; 12 April 2001 (As Amended Through 14 April 2006). .
  • (US, military) An organization title of a subdivision of a group in a task force.
  • (US, military) A standard or basic quantity into which an item of supply is divided, issued or used. In this meaning, also called unit of issue.
  • (US, military) With regard to Reserve Components of the Armed Forces, denotes a Selected Reserve unit organized, equipped, and trained for mobilization to serve on active duty as a unit or to augment or be augmented by another unit. Headquarters and support functions without wartime missions are not considered units.
  • (algebra) An element of a ring having a multiplicative inverse. (Formerly just the identity element 1R of a ring.)
  • (geology) A volume of rock or ice of identifiable origin and age range that is defined by the distinctive and dominant, easily mapped and recognizable petrographic, lithologic or paleontologic features (facies) that characterize it.
  • (commerce) An item which may be sold singly.
  • We shipped nearly twice as many units this month as last month.
  • (UK, electricity) One kilowatt-hour (as recorded on an electricity meter).
  • (Australia, New Zealand) a measure of housing equivalent to the living quarters of one household, an apartment where a group of apartments is contained in one or more multi-storied buildings or a group of dwellings is in one or more single storey buildings, usually arranged around a driveway.
  • (historical) A gold coin of the reign of James I, worth twenty shillings.
  • (Camden)


    * (identity element) identity element, unit element


  • For each unit.
  • We have to keep our unit costs down if we want to make a profit.
  • (mathematics) Having a size or magnitude of one.
  • * 1990 , William W. S. Wei, Time Series Analysis , ISBN 0201159112, page 9:
  • Consider the following time sequence
  • *:: Z_t=A\sin(\omega t+\theta),
  • where A is a random variable with a zero mean and a unit variance and \theta is a random variable with a uniform distribution on the interval [-\pi,\pi] independent of A.

    Derived terms

    * construction unit * tractor unit * unit aircraft * unitality * unit cost * unit combat readiness * unit commitment status * unit designation list



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