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nanometer

[nan-uh-mee-ter, ney-nuh-] /ˈnæn əˌmi tər, ˈneɪ nə-/
noun
1.
one billionth of a meter.
Abbreviation: nm.
Compare millimicron.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; nano- + meter1
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Examples from the web for nanometer
  • Scientists are forming solutions that come in form of proteins, robots, and materials at the nanometer scale.
  • The laser shots created nanometer-sized particles in the air.
  • The polymer's two-nanometer-long bristles attract water molecules, which create a barrier against pore-clogging oils and proteins.
  • Then they use a transmission-electron microscope to blast a hole as small as one nanometer in diameter in the stack.
  • We study the structure of liquids at the nanometer scale in thin films and droplets.
  • So nanometer particles can be diffused throughout the body, carried along with body fluids across cell walls.
British Dictionary definitions for nanometer

nanometre

/ˈnænəʊˌmiːtə/
noun
1.
one thousand-millionth of a metre nm
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Word Origin and History for nanometer
n.

also nanometre, 1963, from nano- + meter (n.2).

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nanometer in Medicine

nanometer nan·o·me·ter (nān'ə-mē'tər)
n.
Abbr. nm
One billionth (10-9) of a meter.

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nanometer in Science
nanometer
  (nān'ə-mē'tər)   
One billionth (10-9) of a meter.
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