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Department vs. Unit

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  • Department (noun)

    A part, portion, or subdivision.

  • Department (noun)

    A distinct course of life, action, study, or the like.

    "Technical things are not his department; he's a people person."

  • Department (noun)

    A subdivision of an organization.

  • Department (noun)

    One of the principal divisions of executive government

    "the Treasury Department; the Department of Agriculture; police department"

  • Department (noun)

    A territorial division; a district; especially, in France, one of the districts composed of several arrondissements into which the country is divided for governmental purposes. In France, a department is smaller than a region

  • Department (noun)

    A military subdivision of a country

    "the Department of the Potomac"

  • Department (noun)

    Act of departing; departure.

  • Unit (noun)

    Oneness, singularity, seen as a component of a whole number; a magnitude of one. from 16th c.

  • Unit (noun)

    A standard measure of a quantity.

    "The centimetre is a unit of length."

  • Unit (noun)

    The number one.

  • Unit (noun)

    An organized group comprising people and/or equipment.

    "He was a member of a special police unit."

  • Unit (noun)

    A member of a military organization.

    "The fifth tank brigade moved in with 20 units. (i.e., 20 tanks)"

  • Unit (noun)

    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)..

  • Unit (noun)

    An organization title of a subdivision of a group in a task force.

  • Unit (noun)

    A standard or basic quantity into which an item of supply is divided, issued{{,}} or detailed. In this meaning, also called unit of issue.

  • Unit (noun)

    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.

  • Unit (noun)

    The identity element, neutral element.

  • Unit (noun)

    An element having an inverse, an invertible element; an associate of the unity.

  • Unit (noun)

    In an adjunction, a natural transformation from the identity functor of the domain of the left adjoint functor to the composition of the right adjoint functor with the left adjoint functor.

  • Unit (noun)

    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.

  • Unit (noun)

    An item which may be sold singly.

    "We shipped nearly twice as many units this month as last month."

  • Unit (noun)

    A unit of alcohol.

  • Unit (noun)

    One kilowatt-hour (as recorded on an electricity meter).

  • Unit (noun)

    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.

  • Unit (noun)

    A gold coin of the reign of James I, worth twenty shillings.

  • Unit (noun)

    A work unit.

  • Unit (noun)

    A physically large person.

  • Unit (adjective)

    For each unit.

    "We have to keep our unit costs down if we want to make a profit."

  • Unit (adjective)

    Having a size or magnitude of one.

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  • Department (noun)

    Act of departing; departure.

  • Department (noun)

    A part, portion, or subdivision.

  • Department (noun)

    A distinct course of life, action, study, or the like; appointed sphere or walk; province.

  • Department (noun)

    Subdivision of business or official duty; especially, one of the principal divisions of executive government; as, the treasury department; the war department; also, in a university, one of the divisions of instruction; as, the medical department; the department of physics.

  • Department (noun)

    A territorial division; a district; esp., in France, one of the districts composed of several arrondissements into which the country is divided for governmental purposes; as, the Department of the Loire.

  • Department (noun)

    A military subdivision of a country; as, the Department of the Potomac.

  • Unit (noun)

    A single thing or person.

  • Unit (noun)

    The least whole number; one.

  • Unit (noun)

    A gold coin of the reign of James I., of the value of twenty shillings.

  • Unit (noun)

    Any determinate amount or quantity (as of length, time, heat, value) adopted as a standard of measurement for other amounts or quantities of the same kind.

  • Unit (noun)

    A single thing, as a magnitude or number, regarded as an undivided whole.

Webster Dictionary
  • Department (noun)

    a specialized division of a large organization;

    "you'll find it in the hardware department"

    "she got a job in the historical section of the Treasury"

  • Department (noun)

    the territorial and administrative division of some countries (such as France)

  • Department (noun)

    a specialized sphere of knowledge;

    "baking is not my department"

    "his work established a new department of literature"

  • Unit (noun)

    any division of quantity accepted as a standard of measurement or exchange;

    "the dollar is the United States unit of currency"

    "a unit of wheat is a bushel"

    "change per unit volume"

  • Unit (noun)

    an individual or group or structure or other entity regarded as a structural or functional constituent of a whole;

    "the reduced the number of units and installations"

    "the word is a basic linguistic unit"

  • Unit (noun)

    an organization regarded as part of a larger social group;

    "the coach said the offensive unit did a good job"

    "after the battle the soldier had trouble rejoining his unit"

  • Unit (noun)

    a single undivided whole;

    "an idea is not a unit that can be moved from one brain to another"

  • Unit (noun)

    a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else;

    "units of nucleic acids"

  • Unit (noun)

    an assemblage of parts that is regarded as a single entity;

    "how big is that part compared to the whole?"

    "the team is a unit"

Princeton's WordNet

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