• WordNet 3.6
    • n unity the quality of being united into one
    • n unity the smallest whole number or a numeral representing this number "he has the one but will need a two and three to go with it","they had lunch at one"
    • n unity an undivided or unbroken completeness or totality with nothing wanting "the integrity of the nervous system is required for normal development","he took measures to insure the territorial unity of Croatia"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Unity (Math) Any definite quantity, or aggregate of quantities or magnitudes taken as one, or for which 1 is made to stand in calculation; thus, in a table of natural sines, the radius of the circle is regarded as unity.
    • Unity Concord; harmony; conjunction; agreement; uniformity; as, a unity of proofs; unity of doctrine. "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity !"
    • Unity (Poetry & Rhet) In dramatic composition, one of the principles by which a uniform tenor of story and propriety of representation are preserved; conformity in a composition to these; in oratory, discourse, etc., the due subordination and reference of every part to the development of the leading idea or the eastablishment of the main proposition.
    • Unity (Fine Arts & Mus) Such a combination of parts as to constitute a whole, or a kind of symmetry of style and character.
    • Unity (Law) The peculiar characteristics of an estate held by several in joint tenancy.
    • Unity The state of being one; oneness. "Whatever we can consider as one thing suggests to the understanding the idea of unity ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n unity The state or property of being one; oneness, as opposed to multiplicity; individuality, as opposed to plurality.
    • n unity Organic totality; that interconnection of parts which constitutes a complex whole; a systematic whole as distinguished from its constituent parts: as, the unity of consciousness; the unity of an artistic creation. See def. 9.
    • n unity Identity; self-sameness; uniformity.
    • n unity The state of being united or combined in one; especially, union as connected parts of a complex whole: as, the national unity of the separate states.
    • n unity Harmony or accord in sentiments, affection, action, etc.; concord.
    • n unity Sameness of character or effect; agreement; coincidence.
    • n unity In mathematics, a quantity which, multiplied by any quantity of the system considered, gives that same quantity as the product. Thus, in the theory of matrices, the matrix of any order having all the constituents zero except those of the principal diagonal, which are all ones, is the unity of that order. In ordinary algebra one, or the unit of abstract number, is the only unity. Unit and unity are words frequently confused; but with accurate writers unit is the standard of measurement, that which is counted, and has no reference to multiplication; while unity has reference to multiplication alone. In a multiple associative algebra there are as many units as the ordinal number of the algebra, but there can be but one unity, and there need not be any at all.
    • n unity The principle by which a uniform tenor of story and propriety of representation is preserved in literary compositions; conformity in a composition to this principle; a reference to some one purpose or leading idea, or to the main proposition, in all the parts of a discourse or composition. The so-called Aristotelian law of unity of time, of place, and of action (called ‘the unities’) in a drama was the fundamental rule or general idea from which the French classical dramatic writers and critics derived, or to which they referred, all their practical rules for the construction of a drama. This law demanded that there should be no shifting of the scene from place to place, that the whole series of events should be such as might occur within the space of a single day, and that nothing should be admitted irrelevant to the development of the single plot.
    • n unity In artistic creations, a combination of parts such as to constitute a whole or to exhibit a form of symmetry in style and character; the quality of any work by which all the parts are subordinate to or promotive of one general design or effect.
    • n unity In law: The holding of the same estate in undivided shares by two or more; joint tenancy.
    • n unity The joint possession by one person of two rights by several titles.
    • n unity A gold coin of the reign of James I. See unite.
    • n unity See primitive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Unity ū′ni-ti oneness: state of being one or at one: agreement: the arrangement of all the parts to one purpose or effect: harmony:
    • n Unity ū′ni-ti (math.) any quantity taken as one
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  • Father Andre
    Father Andre
    “What ever beauty may be, it has for its basis order, and for its essence unity.”
  • Felix Mendelssohn
    Felix Mendelssohn
    “The essence of the beautiful is unity in variety.”
  • Anne Baxter
    Anne Baxter
    “In necessary things, unity; in doubtful things, liberty; in all things, charity.”
  • Bible
    “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.”
  • Josiah Royce
    Josiah Royce
    “Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living.”
  • John Jay Chapman
    “Politics is organized hatred, that is unity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. unite, F. unité, L. unitas, from unus, one. See One, and cf. Unit


In literature:

In Mozart these long movements have nothing like the unity of those of Beethoven.
"The Masters and their Music" by W. S. B. Mathews
The work, at first, lacked system and unity.
"Colleges in America" by John Marshall Barker
A government of national unity was formed in May 2006 that is broadly representative of the Iraqi people.
"The Iraq Study Group Report" by United States Institute for Peace
We may therefore pronounce with firmness, that unity was one cause of the Roman superiority.
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. II (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
This unity of place naturally suggests unity of action as to what is going on in that place.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
The ideal is the principle of unity in motion in its historic evolution; like all development, it advances or recedes according to the times.
"Essay on the Creative Imagination" by Th. Ribot
Elements of unity in the pluralism, 268.
"The Will to Believe" by William James
Another beautiful characteristic of sanctification is perfect unity.
"Sanctification" by J. W. Byers
In all these cases, observe, an intended unity must be the result of composition.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
The great actual unity of human taste within the range of conventional history helps the pretension.
"The Sense of Beauty" by George Santayana

In poetry:

The tiny ants together cling
In unity through weal or woe;
Then, why do we divided sing?
"Song Of Natela" by Akaki Tsereteli
For with the unity of branches
Will come a unity of speech,
Correcting old and groundless fancies
Discordant tongues could never reach.
"The Future Of America, In The Unity Of The Races" by James Madison Bell
Until beneath her spreading pinions,
And outstretched folds of liberty,
Men of all nations and dominions
Shall dwell in peace and unity.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
Bees know the impulse of true oneness –
a wondrous sign of community.
A people of love, they toil as one,
and none is left out of their unity.
"For My Children" by Eberhard Arnold
Oh, people, that thy grief might find express
To gather in some vast cathedral's hall,
That then in unity we might kneel and hear
Sublimity in sounds, voice our distress.
"In Memoriam" by Alice Dunbar-Nelson
I LONGED to love a full-boughed beech
And be as high as he:
I stretched an arm within his reach,
And signalled unity.
But with his drip he forced a breach,
And tried to poison me.
"The Ivy-Wife" by Thomas Hardy

In news:

Unity is a matter of life and death in all 'hoods – in the prisons and on the streets.
Factions in Gaza Make Unity Vow After Cease-Fire.
As Cease-Fire Holds in Gaza, Palestinians Press for Unity.
Today is Umoja, which stands for unity.
There have been many milestones along the road that Europe is on right now, searching for unity and a relief to its debt crisis.
ABC7's leadership team was in Monrovia for a town hall meeting hosted by the Foothill Unity Center and moderated by ABC7 anchor David Ono.
LGBT Mormon Conference Brings Controversy but also Unity.
If the emphasis of government programs remains on fostering differences rather than unity, then America may find itself in the kind of multicultural mess that exists in major European nations.
Unity has been called in to promote Greek yoghurt brand Total, in the UK.
On Monday, August 27th, the family of Michael Lembhard will end their 15-day vigil with a "People's Unity Rally".
"Bumps in the Road" is the title of the talk at 10 am Sunday, Nov 4, at Unity of Whidbey, 5671 Crawford Road.
Nancy Chudzik Butcher , of Hamlin, NY, formerly of Dunkirk, NY died Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Unity Hospital in Rochester, NY.
A force for unity among mortals.
'Christmas Carol ' radio play coming to Unity Church.
Setting Rivalries Aside for National Unity.

In science:

We find that the phases of the complex eigenvalues are determined by the length p of the shortest periodic orbit present in an eigenfunction f as those of the p-th roots of unity.
Frobenius-Perron Resonances for Maps with a Mixed Phase Space
The radius of convergence of the hypergeometric series F (a, b; c; z) is unity.
Worldsheet and Spacetime Properties of p-p' System with B Field and Noncommutative Geometry
The irreducible length can be also viewed as a distance from the unity on the Cayley graph of the group G.
Random walks on hyperbolic groups and their Riemann surfaces
The fidelity of each conclusive event is unity with the event probability λ/4; ¯Fcon = λ.
Optimal conclusive teleportation of a d-dimensional unknown state
Successful models require that the dimensionless dropout parameter q is close to unity.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating