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# Magnitude vs. Unit

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Magnitudenoun

The absolute or relative size, extent or importance of something.

Unitnoun

(mathematics) Oneness, singularity, seen as a component of a whole number; a magnitude of one.

Magnitudenoun

(countable) An order of magnitude.

Unitnoun

(sciences) A standard measure of a quantity.

‘The centimetre is a unit of length.’;

Magnitudenoun

(mathematics) A number, assigned to something, such that it may be compared to others numerically

Unitnoun

The number one.

Magnitudenoun

(mathematics) Of a vector, the norm, most commonly, the two-norm.

Unitnoun

An organized group comprising people and/or equipment.

‘He was a member of a special police unit.’;

Magnitudenoun

(astronomy) The apparent brightness of a star (on a negative, logarithmic scale); apparent magnitude

Unitnoun

A member of a military organization.

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

Magnitudenoun

(seismology) A measure of the energy released by an earthquake (e.g. on the Richter scale).

Unitnoun

Any military element whose structure is prescribed by competent authority, such as a table of organization and equipment; specifically, part of an organization.

Magnitudenoun

Extent of dimensions; size; - applied to things that have length, breadth, and thickness.

‘Conceive those particles of bodies to be so disposed amongst themselves, that the intervals of empty spaces between them may be equal in magnitude to them all.’;

Unitnoun

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

Magnitudenoun

That which has one or more of the three dimensions, length, breadth, and thickness.

Unitnoun

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

Magnitudenoun

Anything of which greater or less can be predicated, as time, weight, force, and the like.

Unitnoun

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.

Magnitudenoun

Greatness; grandeur.

Unitnoun

(algebra) The identity element, neutral element.

Magnitudenoun

Greatness, in reference to influence or effect; importance; as, an affair of magnitude.

‘The magnitude of his designs.’;

Unitnoun

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

Magnitudenoun

See magnitude of a star, below.

Unitnoun

(category theory) 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.

Magnitudenoun

the property of relative size or extent;

‘they tried to predict the magnitude of the explosion’;

Unitnoun

(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.

Magnitudenoun

a number assigned to the ratio of two quantities; two quantities are of the same order of magnitude if one is less than 10 times as large as the other; the number of magnitudes that the quantities differ is specified to within a power of 10

Unitnoun

(commerce) An item which may be sold singly.

‘We shipped nearly twice as many units this month as last month.’;

Magnitudenoun

relative importance;

‘a problem of the first magnitude’;

Unitnoun

(UK) A unit of alcohol.

Unitnoun

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

Unitnoun

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.

Unitnoun

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

Unitnoun

A work unit.

Unitnoun

A physically large person.

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.

Unitnoun

A single thing or person.

Unitnoun

The least whole number; one.

‘Units are the integral parts of any large number.’;

Unitnoun

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

Unitnoun

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.

Unitnoun

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

Unitnoun

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’;

Unitnoun

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’;

Unitnoun

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’;

Unitnoun

a single undivided whole;

‘an idea is not a unit that can be moved from one brain to another’;

Unitnoun

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

‘units of nucleic acids’;

Unitnoun

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’;