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I am looking for a good word or a short phrase to describe a physical quantity.

For example consider these examples:

  • 5.0 m3/h
  • 17 bar
  • 20 gpm (gallons per minute)
  • 3 psi (pounds per square inch)

I am looking for a word or phrase that accurately describes the text on the right side of the number in above examples (bar, gpm, meters, etc).

In the past I've used words like unit, but I do not feel that they represent the concept properly or distinctly.

My context of use is in programming code and naming variables, so when I just say 'unit', it is seen as ambiguous - am I referring to Metric/English unit system, or unit of measurement?

  • Have you tried Wikipedia? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_of_measurement – Rusty Core Mar 5 at 21:59
  • A unit of measurement is a definite magnitude of a quantity. – Gustavson Mar 5 at 22:05
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    What's wrong with the term you're using, "unit of measurement"? – Laurel Mar 5 at 22:07
  • Business types use "metric" as a generic way to refer to various quantities such as Earnings/sh. or EBITDA (Earnings Before Income Taxes, Depreciation, and Amortization). But it's not really clear what you are asking, as you have not given an example of where the word or phrase would go. – remarkl Mar 5 at 22:24
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    I'm voting to close this question because it's off-topic as defined in the help center. Names of programming variables are off-topic. – Spencer Mar 5 at 22:41

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