follow Dictionary.com

11 Trending Words of 2014

unitary

[yoo-ni-ter-ee] /ˈyu nɪˌtɛr i/
adjective
1.
of or relating to a unit or units.
2.
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or aiming toward unity:
the unitary principles of nationalism.
3.
of the nature of a unit; having the indivisible character of a unit; whole.
4.
serving as a unit, as of measurement or estimation.
5.
of or relating to the use of units:
A unitary method was applied.
6.
Government. of or relating to a system of government in which the executive, legislative, and judicial powers of each state in a body of states are vested in a central authority.
Origin
1810-1820
1810-20; unit, unit(y) + -ary
Related forms
unitariness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for unitary
  • If anything, it's sort of counterintuitive that the unitary family has persisted so long and pervasively in our society.
  • Some comments imply there is a unitary state, homogenous in all respects.
  • While every unitary operator is an isometry, not every isometry is unitary.
  • The present state of the universe is related to the state the early universe was in via a unitary transformation.
British Dictionary definitions for unitary

unitary

/ˈjuːnɪtərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
of a unit or units
2.
based on or characterized by unity
3.
individual; whole
4.
of or relating to a system of government in which all governing authority is held by the central government Compare federal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for unitary
adj.

1816; see unit + -ary.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for unitary

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for unitary

10
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with unitary