Unity U"ni*ty, n.; pl. {Unities}. [OE. unite, F. unit['e], L. unitas, from unus one. See {One}, and cf. {Unit}.] 1. The state of being one; oneness. [1913 Webster]

Whatever we can consider as one thing suggests to the understanding the idea of unity. --Locks. [1913 Webster]

Note: Unity is affirmed of a simple substance or indivisible monad, or of several particles or parts so intimately and closely united as to constitute a separate body or thing. See the Synonyms under {Union}. [1913 Webster]

2. Concord; harmony; conjunction; agreement; uniformity; as, a unity of proofs; unity of doctrine. [1913 Webster]

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! --Ps. cxxxiii. 1. [1913 Webster]

3. (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. [1913 Webster]

Note: The number 1, when it is not applied to any particular thing, is generally called unity. [1913 Webster]

4. (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. [1913 Webster]

Note: In the Greek drama, the three unities required were those of action, of time, and of place; that is, that there should be but one main plot; that the time supposed should not exceed twenty-four hours; and that the place of the action before the spectators should be one and the same throughout the piece. [1913 Webster]

5. (Fine Arts & Mus.) Such a combination of parts as to constitute a whole, or a kind of symmetry of style and character. [1913 Webster]

6. (Law) The peculiar characteristics of an estate held by several in joint tenancy. [1913 Webster]

Note: The properties of it are derived from its unity, which is fourfold; unity of interest, unity of title, unity of time, and unity of possession; in other words, joint tenants have one and the same interest, accruing by one and the same conveyance, commencing at the same time, and held by one and the same undivided possession. Unity of possession is also a joint possession of two rights in the same thing by several titles, as when a man, having a lease of land, afterward buys the fee simple, or, having an easement in the land of another, buys the servient estate. [1913 Webster]

{At unity}, at one.

{Unity of type}. (Biol.) See under {Type}. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Union; oneness; junction; concord; harmony. See {Union}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • unities — n. A legal fiction left over from common law a creation of a unity for joint tenancy or ownership. The four unities are interest, possession, time, and title. See also joint tenancy. @ unity of interest Requires that each and every joint tenant s …   Law dictionary

  • unities — ▪ dramatic literature       in drama, the three principles derived by French classicists from Aristotle s Poetics; they require a play to have a single action represented as occurring in a single place and within the course of a day. These… …   Universalium

  • unities — u·ni·ty || juːnÉ™tɪ n. oneness, union; wholeness; agreement, accord, harmony …   English contemporary dictionary

  • unities — plural of unity …   Useful english dictionary

  • unities, four — n. The four conditions that must exist in order to create a joint tenancy under common law, including unity of interest, unity of time, unity of possession, and unity of title. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of… …   Law dictionary

  • UNITIES, THREE —    name given to the rule laid down by Aristotle that a tragedy should be limited to one subject, to one place, and a single day …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Classical unities — The classical unities, Aristotelian unities or three unities are rules for drama derived from a passage in Aristotle s Poetics. In their neoclassical form they are as follows: The unity of action: a play should have one main action that it… …   Wikipedia

  • Four unities — The four unities is a concept in the common law of real property describing conditions that must exist in order for certain kinds of property interests to be created. Specifically, in order for two or more people to own property as joint tenants… …   Wikipedia

  • dramatic unities — noun plural : the unities of time, place, and action observed in classical drama * * * the three unities of time, place, and action observed in classical drama as specified by Aristotle in his Poetics. [1920 25] …   Useful english dictionary

  • dramatic unities — noun plural Date: circa 1922 the unities of time, place, and action that are observed in classical drama …   New Collegiate Dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”