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[yoo-ni-tee] /ˈyu nɪ ti/
noun, plural unities.
the state of being one; oneness.
a whole or totality as combining all its parts into one.
the state or fact of being united or combined into one, as of the parts of a whole; unification.
absence of diversity; unvaried or uniform character.
oneness of mind, feeling, etc., as among a number of persons; concord, harmony, or agreement.
  1. the number one; a quantity regarded as one.
  2. identity (def 9).
(in literature and art) a relation of all the parts or elements of a work constituting a harmonious whole and producing a single general effect.
one of the three principles of dramatic structure (the three unities) derived from Aristotelian aesthetics and formalized in the neoclassic canon in which a play is required to represent action as taking place in one day (unity of time) as occurring within one place (unity of place) and as having a single plot with a beginning, middle, and end (unity of action)
1250-1300; Middle English unite < Old French < Latin ūnitās, equivalent to ūn(us) one + -itās -ity
Related forms
nonunity, noun, plural nonunities.
self-unity, noun
superunity, noun
1. singleness, singularity, individuality. See union. 5. concert, unison.
1. diversity, variety. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unity
  • Its voters were proud of and pleased with the array of choices before them: proud of its diversity, pleased with its unity.
  • But that style is one with the film's substance-and that unity is the film's main virtue.
  • But in a room together they turned into meek conformists, valuing unity over truth.
  • The popularity of the subject was tied to the movements for national unity that dominated the period.
  • Though his use of color is often strikingly original, it tends to disrupt the unity that he achieved with shading alone.
  • While the conference lacked some thematic unity, the speakers delivered a range of interesting insights.
  • So we're left with a unity which is simply monetary.
  • Such a society could engender studio unity and promote the motion-picture business.
  • Swords turn to guitars, democracy blooms, and music helps bring a sense of national unity.
  • The problem is how to integrate the conscious mind with the physical brain-how to reveal a unity beneath this apparent diversity.
British Dictionary definitions for unity


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being one; oneness
the act, state, or quality of forming a whole from separate parts
something whole or complete that is composed of separate parts
mutual agreement; harmony or concord: the participants were no longer in unity
uniformity or constancy: unity of purpose
  1. the number or numeral one
  2. a quantity assuming the value of one: the area of the triangle was regarded as unity
  3. the element of a set producing no change in a number following multiplication
the arrangement of the elements in a work of art in accordance with a single overall design or purpose
any one of the three principles of dramatic structure deriving from Aristotle's Poetics by which the action of a play should be limited to a single plot (unity of action), a single location (unity of place), and the events of a single day (unity of time)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French unité, from Latin ūnitās, from ūnus one
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Word Origin and History for unity

c.1300, from Anglo-French unite, Old French unite (c.1200), from Latin unitatem (nominative unitas) "oneness, sameness, agreement," from unus "one" (see one).

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unity in Technology

A high-level parallel language.
A translator into MPL is available by (
See also MasPar Unity.
["Parallel Program Design", K.M. Chandry and Misra, A-W 1988].
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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