(sciences) A standard measure of a quantity.
The number one.
- The centimetre is a unit of length.
An organized group comprising people and/or equipment.
- This pill provides 500 units of Vitamin E.
(military, informal) A member of a military organization.
- He was a member of a special police unit .
(US, military) Any military element whose structure is prescribed by competent authority, such as a table of organization and equipment; specifically, part of an organization
- The fifth tank brigade moved in with 20 units .'' (''i.e., 20 tanks )
[Joint 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.
(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.
- We shipped nearly twice as many units this month as last month.
* (identity element) identity element, unit element
For each unit.
(mathematics) Having a size or magnitude of one.
* 1990 , William W. S. Wei, Time Series Analysis , ISBN 0201159112, page 9:
- We have to keep our unit costs down if we want to make a profit.
- Consider the following time sequence
- where is a random variable with a zero mean and a unit variance and is a random variable with a uniform distribution on the interval independent of .
* construction unit
* tractor unit
* unit aircraft
* unit cost
* unit combat readiness
* unit commitment status
* unit designation list
(slang, video games, strategy games) To attack an opponent with a large swarm of units before they have been able to build sufficient defences.
* 2002 , "Wolfie", Re: Whoa - massive changes due in next patch'' (on newsgroup ''alt.games.everquest )
* 2003 , "George", Finding groups to mission/hunt/other experience with'' (on newsgroup ''alt.games.starwarsgalaxies )
- You can't win with small, balanced groups. You have to zerg the mob with a high number of players. They don't have to zerg lower tier encounters just like the lowest tier guilds doesn't have to zerg orc camp 1 in EC. But, at the top end, it's still zerg tactics.
* 2008 , "neithskye", AV after the last changes...'' (on newsgroup ''alt.games.warcraft )
- The scale and lack of focused content doesn't facilitate this grouping as well as some other games. The good side of that is you don't get the "wonderful" experience of zerging around DF with everyone else waiting for something to spawn.
- No one ever did D (or just 3-4 people tried), we just zerged , and we would lose every single AV.
(slang, video games) A very large group of units or players.