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 September 26th, 2008, 04:37 AM #1 Member   Joined: Sep 2008 From: Austria Posts: 30 Thanks: 0 What is the opposite of unitless? Hi everybody! I'm from Austria and i want to know the opposite word(s) of unitless. Are there any at all? For instance: There are "unitless parameters", these are parameters without units and then there are .... parameters, these are parameters with units. Is there a special word for, in the English Language? Maybe something like unit afflicted parameters? Thanks in advance TOM (Austria) p.s.: Sorry for my poor English Feel free to correct me
 September 26th, 2008, 05:22 AM #2 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 21,034 Thanks: 2271 It seems somewhat artificial to use "unit-afflicted" or "unit-possessing" One might in certain circumstances use the word "dimensioned", but a phrase such as "that has units" would be more precise.
 September 26th, 2008, 07:24 AM #3 Senior Member   Joined: Jul 2008 Posts: 895 Thanks: 0 Re: What is the opposite of unitless? The English language can be most frustrating at times. It is really the result of several languages all plonked together, as if put into a barrel and stirred. You can have careless and careful. You can have hairless, but not hairful. You can have pointless and not pointful. You might have unitless [?], but not unitful. Neither is something having units "united". This is not a pointful discussion, so I'll end it there. Units are quite arbitrary, and so quite separate. They may be discussed in terms of phrases, and need not be restricted to a single word-definition by any means. So, parameters may or may not have arbitrary units assigned to them, but do not need a one-word definition. An 8 by 6 rectangle has area of 48. Now you can add any units you wish. They do not carry along with calculations unless there is a requirement to change them first. Now a question: What does this have to do with Geometry, Algebra, ..... .
 September 26th, 2008, 07:31 AM #4 Senior Member   Joined: May 2008 From: York, UK Posts: 1,300 Thanks: 0 Re: What is the opposite of unitless? Perhaps "nondimensionless"?
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 Originally Posted by Dave Now a question: What does this have to do with Geometry, Algebra, ..... .
Sorry, I didn't know where else I should have posted my question. But thanks anyway for your explanation!

Greetings Scrimski (Austria)

 October 10th, 2008, 04:57 AM #6 Newbie   Joined: Oct 2008 Posts: 3 Thanks: 0 Re: What is the opposite of unitless? Units are things like: metres, kilometers, inches, feet. So when someone says it's unitless means that that specific object can not be measured because you don't know if 1 is a metre or 1 kilometre. E.g. ___ 1m <- defined as 1 metre ___ 1km <- defined as 1 Kilomtre ___ 1 <-unitless so the opposite to unitless is anything that has m or, km or, inches " or, feet e.t.c. after it. so i guess if there is any case of something being opposite of unitless it would have to be units. in a sentence: is this drawn in any specific units or is it unitless?

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