Unit vs. Measure: What's the Difference?

Unit and Measure Definitions

Unit

An individual, group, structure, or other entity regarded as an elementary structural or functional constituent of a whole.

Measure

A reference standard or sample used for the quantitative comparison of properties
The standard kilogram is maintained as a measure of mass.

Unit

A group regarded as a distinct entity within a larger group.

Measure

A unit specified by a scale, such as an inch, or by variable conditions, such as a day's march.

Unit

A mechanical part or module.

Measure

A system of measurement, such as the metric system.

Unit

An entire apparatus or the equipment that performs a specific function.

Measure

The dimensions, quantity, or capacity of something as ascertained by comparison with a standard
Curtains made to measure.
Took his measure for the suit jacket.

Unit

A precisely specified quantity in terms of which the magnitudes of other quantities of the same kind can be stated.

Measure

A device used for measuring.

Unit

(Medicine) The quantity of a vaccine, serum, drug, or other agent necessary to produce a specific effect.

Measure

The act of measuring
By measure the picture was four feet tall.

Unit

A fixed amount of scholastic study used as a basis for calculating academic credits, usually measured in hours of classroom instruction or laboratory work.

Measure

An evaluation or a basis of comparison
"the final measure of the worth of a society" (Joseph Wood Krutch).

Unit

A section of an academic course focusing on a selected theme
A unit on Native Americans.

Measure

Extent or degree
The problem was in large measure caused by his carelessness.

Unit

The number immediately to the left of the decimal point in the Arabic numeral system.

Measure

A definite quantity that has been measured out
A measure of wine.

Unit

The lowest positive whole number; one.

Measure

A fitting amount
A measure of recognition.

Unit

An element of a ring with a multiplicative inverse.

Measure

A limited amount or degree
A measure of goodwill.

Unit

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

Measure

Limit; bounds
Generosity knowing no measure.

Unit

(sciences) A standard measure of a quantity.
The centimetre is a unit of length.

Measure

Appropriate restraint; moderation
"The union of ... fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal" (William James).

The number one.

Measure

An action taken as a means to an end; an expedient
Measures taken to improve energy efficiency.

Unit

Ellipsis of international unit
This pill provides 500 units of Vitamin E.

Measure

A law or ballot initiative adopted by a legislature as a remedy for a problem.

Unit

An organized group comprising people and/or equipment.
He was a member of a special police unit.

Poetic meter.

Unit

A member of a military organization.
The fifth tank brigade moved in with 20 units. (i.e., 20 tanks)

Measure

(Music) The metric unit between two bars on the staff; a bar.

Unit

(commerce) An item which may be sold singly.
We shipped nearly twice as many units this month as last month.

Measure

To ascertain the dimensions, quantity, or capacity of
Measured the height of the ceiling.

Unit

Any piece of equipment, such as an appliance, power tool, stereo system, computer, tractor, or machinery.
This air-conditioner is the most efficient unit we sell.

Measure

To mark, lay out, or establish dimensions for by measuring
Measure off an area.

Unit

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.
The new apartment complex will have 50 units.

Measure

To mark off or apportion, usually with reference to a given unit of measurement
Measure out a pint of milk.

Unit

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

Measure

To allot or distribute as if by measuring; mete
The revolutionary tribunal measured out harsh justice.

Unit

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

Measure

To estimate by evaluation or comparison
"I gave them an account ... of the situation as far as I could measure it" (Winston S. Churchill).

Unit

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

Measure

To bring into comparison
She measured her power with that of a dangerous adversary.

Unit

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.

Measure

To serve as a measure of
The inch measures length.

Unit

(algebra) The identity element, neutral element.

Measure

To consider or choose with care; weigh
He measures his words with caution.

Unit

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

Measure

(Archaic) To travel over
"We must measure twenty miles today" (Shakespeare).

Unit

(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.

Measure

To be of a specific measurement
The room measures 12 by 20 feet.

Unit

(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.

Measure

To take a measurement.

Unit

(UK) A unit of alcohol.

Measure

To allow of measurement
White sugar measures more easily than brown.

Unit

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

Measure

A prescribed quantity or extent.

Unit

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

Measure

(obsolete) Moderation, temperance.

A work unit.

Measure

A limit that cannot be exceeded; a bound. (Now chiefly in set phrases.)

Unit

A physically large person.

Measure

An (unspecified) portion or quantity.

Unit

A penis, especially a large one.

Measure

The act or result of measuring.

Unit

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

Measure

A receptacle or vessel of a standard size, capacity etc. as used to deal out specific quantities of some substance.
A measure of salt

Unit

(mathematics) Having a size or magnitude of one.

Measure

A standard against which something can be judged; a criterion.
Honesty is the true measure of a man.

Unit

A single thing or person.

Measure

Any of various standard units of capacity.
The villagers paid a tithe of a thousand measures of corn.

Unit

The least whole number; one.
Units are the integral parts of any large number.

Measure

A unit of measurement.

Unit

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

Measure

The size of someone or something, as ascertained by measuring. (Now chiefly in make to measure.)

Unit

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.

Measure

The act or process of measuring.

Unit

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

Measure

A ruler, measuring stick, or graduated tape used to take measurements.

Unit

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

Measure

A number which is contained in a given number a number of times without a remainder; a divisor or factor.
The greatest common measure of two or more numbers

Unit

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

Measure

(geology) A bed or stratum.
Coal measures; lead measures

Unit

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

Measure

(mathematics) A function that assigns a non-negative number to a given set following the mathematical nature that is common among length, volume, probability and the like.

Unit

A single undivided whole;
An idea is not a unit that can be moved from one brain to another

Metrical rhythm.

Unit

A single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else;
Units of nucleic acids

A melody.

Unit

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

A dance.

Measure

(poetry) The manner of ordering and combining the quantities, or long and short syllables; meter; rhythm; hence, a metrical foot.
A poem in iambic measure

Measure

(music) A musical designation consisting of all notes and or rests delineated by two vertical bars; an equal and regular division of the whole of a composition; a bar.

Measure

A course of action.

Measure

(in plural) Actions designed to achieve some purpose; plans.

Measure

A piece of legislation.

Measure

To ascertain the quantity of a unit of material via calculated comparison with respect to a standard.
We measured the temperature with a thermometer.
You should measure the angle with a spirit level.

Measure

(stative) To be of (a certain size), to have (a certain measurement)
The window measured two square feet.

Measure

To estimate the unit size of something.
I measure that at 10 centimetres.

Measure

To judge, value, or appraise.

Measure

To obtain or set apart; to mark in even increments.

Measure

(rare) To traverse, cross, pass along; to travel over.

Measure

To adjust by a rule or standard.

Measure

To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by measure; often with out or off.

Measure

A standard of dimension; a fixed unit of quantity or extent; an extent or quantity in the fractions or multiples of which anything is estimated and stated; hence, a rule by which anything is adjusted or judged.

Measure

An instrument by means of which size or quantity is measured, as a graduated line, rod, vessel, or the like.
False ells and measures be brought all clean adown.

Measure

The dimensions or capacity of anything, reckoned according to some standard; size or extent, determined and stated; estimated extent; as, to take one's measure for a coat.
The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.

Measure

The contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited quantity or amount.
It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal.

Measure

Extent or degree not excessive or beyong bounds; moderation; due restraint; esp. in the phrases, in measure; with measure; without or beyond measure.
Hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure.

Measure

Determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due proportion.
Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days.

Measure

The quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying and selling; as, to give good or full measure.

Measure

Undefined quantity; extent; degree.
There is a great measure of discretion to be used in the performance of confession.

Measure

Regulated division of movement

Measure

A number which is contained in a given number a number of times without a remainder; as in the phrases, the common measure, the greatest common measure, etc., of two or more numbers; a denominator. See common denominator under denominator.

Measure

A step or definite part of a progressive course or policy; a means to an end; an act designed for the accomplishment of an object; as, political measures; prudent measures; an inefficient measure.
His majesty found what wrong measures he had taken in the conferring that trust, and lamented his error.

Measure

The act of measuring; measurement.

Measure

Beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead measures.
Say to her, we have measured many milesTo tread a measure with her on this grass.

Measure

To ascertain by use of a measuring instrument; to compute or ascertain the extent, quantity, dimensions, or capacity of, by a certain rule or standard; to take the dimensions of; hence, to estimate; to judge of; to value; to appraise.
Great are thy works, Jehovah, infiniteThy power! what thought can measure thee?

Measure

To serve as the measure of; as, the thermometer measures changes of temperature.

Measure

To pass throught or over in journeying, as if laying off and determining the distance.
A true devoted pilgrim is not wearyTo measure kingdoms with his feeble steps.

Measure

To adjust by a rule or standard.
To secure a contented spirit, measure your desires by your fortunes, not your fortunes by your desires.

Measure

To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by measure; - often with out or off.
With what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
That portion of eternity which is called time, measured out by the sun.

Measure

To make a measurement or measurements.

Measure

To result, or turn out, on measuring; as, the grain measures well; the pieces measure unequally.

Measure

To be of a certain size or quantity, or to have a certain length, breadth, or thickness, or a certain capacity according to a standard measure; as, cloth measures three fourths of a yard; a tree measures three feet in diameter.

Measure

The act or process of measuring;
The measurements were carefully done
His mental measurings proved remarkably accurate

Measure

A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated;
They set the measure for all subsequent work

Measure

How much there is of something that you can quantify

Measure

Any maneuver made as part of progress toward a goal;
The situation called for strong measures
The police took steps to reduce crime

Measure

A statute in draft before it becomes law;
They held a public hearing on the bill

Measure

(prosody) the accent in a metrical foot of verse

Measure

Musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats;
The orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song

Measure

Measuring instrument having a sequence of marks at regular intervals; used as a reference in making measurements

Measure

Determine the measurements of something or somebody, take measurements of;
Measure the length of the wall

Measure

Express as a number or measure or quantity;
Can you quantify your results?

Measure

Have certain dimensions;
This table surfaces measures 20inches by 36 inches

Measure

Place a value on; judge the worth of something;
I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional