social unit

Definitions of social unit
  1. noun
    an organization regarded as part of a larger social group
    synonyms: unit
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    Air Force Research Laboratory
    a United States Air Force defense laboratory responsible for discovering and developing and integrating fighting technologies for aerospace forces
    Army High Performance Computing Research Center
    a United States defense laboratory to conduct research in high-performance computing for defense technology applications; a partnership of government and university and industry
    Naval Research Laboratory
    the United States Navy's defense laboratory that conducts basic and applied research for the Navy in a variety of scientific and technical disciplines
    United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory
    a defense laboratory of the Criminal Investigation Command; the United States Army's primary forensic laboratory in support of criminal intelligence
    Manhattan Project
    a former United States executive agency that was responsible for developing atomic bombs during World War II
    Lewis and Clark Expedition
    an expedition sent by Thomas Jefferson to explore the northwestern territories of the United States; led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark; traveled from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River from 1803 to 1806
    Tamil Eelam
    the independent state that the Tamil Tigers have fought for
    an ancient city state on the north African coast near modern Tunis; founded by Phoenicians; destroyed and rebuilt by Romans; razed by Arabs in 697
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    a local unit of the Ku Klux Klan
    administrative body, administrative unit
    a unit with administrative responsibilities
    a unit of firefighters including their equipment
    family, home, house, household, menage
    a social unit living together
    general delivery, poste restante
    the part of a post office that handles mail for persons who call for it
    a subsidiary organ of government created for a special purpose
    ICU, intensive care unit
    a hospital unit staffed and equipped to provide intensive care
    an organization that is a member of another organization (especially a state that belongs to a group of nations)
    force, military force, military group, military unit
    a unit that is part of some military service
    task force
    a semipermanent unit created to carry out a continuing task
    squad, team
    a cooperative unit (especially in sports)
    a unit of 8 to 10 cub scouts
    crew, gang, work party
    an organized group of workmen
    a group of people (often temporary) having a common purpose
    the men and women who man a vehicle (ship, aircraft, etc.)
    scout group, scout troop, troop
    a unit of Girl or Boy Scouts
    any cohesive unit such as a military company
    Trojan horse, fifth column
    a subversive group that supports the enemy and engages in espionage or sabotage; an enemy in your midst
    political entity, political unit
    a unit with political responsibilities
    one of two or more contesting groups
    working group, working party
    a group of people working together temporarily until some goal is achieved
    broken home
    a family in which the parents have separated or divorced
    conjugal family, nuclear family
    a family consisting of parents and their children and grandparents of a marital partner
    extended family
    a family consisting of the nuclear family and their blood relatives
    foster family
    the family of a fosterling
    foster home
    a household in which an orphaned or delinquent child is placed (usually by a social-service agency)
    trip wire
    a small military force that serves as a first line of defense; if they become engaged in hostilities it will trigger the intervention of stronger military forces
    a group of elite soldiers or a leadership group of advisors or workers in an organization
    a unit composed of the pitcher and catcher
    coronary care unit
    a hospital unit specially staffed and equipped to treat patients with serious cardiac problems
    menage a trois
    household for three; an arrangement where a married couple and a lover of one of them live together while sharing sexual relations
    flying squad
    a mobile group of trained people (police or executives or officials) able to move quickly in the case of emergencies
    major-league club, major-league team
    a team that plays in a major league
    minor-league club, minor-league team
    a team that plays in a minor league
    baseball team
    a team that plays baseball
    basketball team, five
    a team that plays basketball
    eleven, football team
    a team that plays football
    hockey team
    a team that plays ice hockey
    JV, junior varsity
    a college or university team that competes at a level below the varsity team
    first team, varsity
    a team representing a college or university
    second string
    a squad of players that are available either individually or as a team to relieve or replace the players who started the game
    police squad, squad
    a small squad of policemen trained to deal with a particular kind of crime
    a team considered to be the best of its class
    offence, offense
    the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score
    defence, defending team, defense
    (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
    IR, Inland Revenue
    a board of the British government that administers and collects major direct taxes
    NICU, neonatal intensive care unit
    an intensive care unit designed with special equipment to care for premature or seriously ill newborn
    Ordnance Survey
    the official cartography agency of the British government
    body politic, commonwealth, country, land, nation, res publica, state
    a politically organized body of people under a single government
    Holy Roman Empire
    a political entity in Europe that began with the papal coronation of Otto I as the first emperor in 962 and lasted until 1806 when it was dissolved by Napoleon
    a military unit or region under the control of a single officer
    an opposing military force
    task force
    a temporary military unit formed to accomplish a particular objective
    army unit
    a military unit that is part of an army
    naval unit
    a military unit that is part of a navy
    air unit
    a military unit that is part of the airforce
    armor, armour
    a military unit consisting of armored fighting vehicles
    mujahadeen, mujahadein, mujahadin, mujahedeen, mujahedin, mujahideen, mujahidin
    a military force of Muslim guerilla warriors engaged in a jihad
    hit squad
    a team of assassins
    a small team of policemen working as part of a police platoon
    a military unit serving to protect some place or person
    a crew of workers who work for a specific period of time
    an administrative unit in government or business
    little-league team
    a team that plays in a little league
    a crew of workers selected for a particular task
    chain gang
    a gang of convicts chained together
    ground crew, ground-service crew
    the crew of technicians and mechanics who service aircraft on the ground
    road gang
    a gang of road workers
    section gang
    a work crew assigned to a section of a railroad
    stage crew
    crew of workers who move scenery or handle properties in a theatrical production
    a large military unit
    a body of troops arranged in a line
    a body of troops in close array
    air crew, aircrew
    the crew of an aircraft
    merchant marine
    the crew of a merchant vessel
    the team of men manning a racing shell
    UN agency, United Nations agency
    an agency of the United Nations
    a political unit formed from previously independent people or organizations
    a body serving in an administrative capacity
    Palestine Authority, Palestine National Authority, Palestinian National Authority
    combines the Gaza Strip and the West Bank under a political unit with limited autonomy and a police force; created in 1993 by an agreement between Israel and the PLO
    secretariat, secretariate
    an administrative unit responsible for maintaining records and other secretarial duties; especially for international organizations
    commission, committee
    a special group delegated to consider some matter
    agency, authority, bureau, federal agency, government agency, office
    an administrative unit of government
    intelligence, intelligence agency, intelligence service
    a unit responsible for gathering and interpreting information about an enemy
    international law enforcement agency
    an international administrative unit responsible for law enforcement
    Republican Guard
    formerly Iraq's elite military unit whose primary role was to protect the government in Baghdad
    the clandestine military wing of the Jewish leadership during the British rule over the mandate of Palestine from 1920 to 1948; became the basis for the Israeli defense force
    IDF, Israeli Defense Force
    the ground and air and naval forces of Israel
    redevelopment authority
    a public administrative unit given responsibility for the renovation of blighted urban areas
    regulatory agency, regulatory authority
    a governmental agency that regulates businesses in the public interest
    weather bureau
    an administrative unit responsible for gathering and interpreting meteorological data for weather study and forecasts
    placement center, placement office
    an office that finds suitable employment for applicants
    cadre, cell
    a small unit serving as part of or as the nucleus of a larger political movement
    an association of neighboring states or tribes in ancient Greece; established originally to defend a common religious center
    lunatic fringe
    a political unit with extreme and fanatical views
    revolutionary group
    a political unit organized to promote revolution
    lobby, pressure group, third house
    a group of people who try actively to influence legislation
    militia, reserves
    civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army
    an amphibious military unit trained for raids into enemy territory
    contingent, detail
    a temporary military unit
    (plural) a military unit consisting of a commander and the headquarters staff
    an organized group of people undertaking a journey for a particular purpose
    the leading military unit in an attack
    child welfare agency, child welfare service
    an administrative unit responsible for social work concerned with the welfare and vocational training of children
    Russian agency
    an administrative agency of the Russian government
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    organisation, organization
    a group of people who work together
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