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[nan-uh-sek-uh nd, ney-nuh-] /ˈnæn əˌsɛk ənd, ˈneɪ nə-/
one billionth of a second.
Abbreviation: ns, nsec.
Origin of nanosecond
1955-60; nano- + second2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for nanosecond
  • Arugula, which seems to go from up to bolt in a nanosecond, is sown every ten days.
  • If it ever did happen, your priorities would change in a nanosecond.
  • Peeling adhesive tape can create nanosecond bursts of x-rays.
  • Nor do the conspiracy theories deserve a nanosecond's attention.
  • The dress has made a major fashion comeback, and not a nanosecond too soon.
  • Every nanosecond of this well-cast production is eloquent with craft and wit.
  • Every nanosecond of this production was eloquent with craft and wit.
  • Every nanosecond of this production is eloquent with craft and wit.
  • Data can be written and read in less than a nanosecond.
  • Hold on to something long enough, and it'll be back in fashion in the blink of a nanosecond.
British Dictionary definitions for nanosecond


one thousand-millionth of a second ns
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Word Origin and History for nanosecond

1959, from nano- + second (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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nanosecond in Science
One billionth (10-9) of a second.
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nanosecond in Culture
nanosecond [(nan-uh-sek-uhnd)]

A billionth of a second.

Note: The term is often used to refer to a very short time: “He missed having an accident by nanoseconds.”
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nanosecond in Technology

(ns) 10^-9 seconds; one thousand millionth part of a second.
This is the unit in which the fundamental logical operations of modern digital circuits are typically measured. For example, a microprocessor with a clock frequency of 100 megahertz will have a 10 nanosecond clock period.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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