# Unison vs Unit - What's the difference?

unison | unit |

## As a noun unison

is the state of being together, in harmony, at the same time, as one, synchronized.

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# unison

## English

### Proper noun

(en proper noun)
• (British, labor union) A public sector trade union in the UK

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# unit

## English

(Unit)

### Noun

(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.
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#### Synonyms

* (identity element) identity element, unit element

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• 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
• *:: $Z_t=A\sin\left(\omega t+\theta\right)$,
• 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 $\left[-\pi,\pi\right]$ independent of $A$.

### Derived terms

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

### Anagrams

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