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September 26th, 2008, 05:37 AM   #1
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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
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September 26th, 2008, 06:22 AM   #2
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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.
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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, ..... .
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September 26th, 2008, 08:31 AM   #4
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Re: What is the opposite of unitless?

Perhaps "nondimensionless"?
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September 29th, 2008, 07:09 AM   #5
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Re: What is the opposite of unitless?

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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)
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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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