Definition of nanometer
: one billionth of a meter
Recent Examples of nanometer from the Web
So scientists have been experimenting with carbon nanotubes, rolled-up sheets of carbon atoms just 1 nanometer, or a billionth of a meter, in diameter.
Its adhesive uses flaps that are about 40 micrometers (millionths of a meter) wide, whereas geckos rely on structures that are about 200 nanometers (billionths of a meter) wide.
In the middle of the spectrum resides the color green, at around 555 nanometers.
Most of today's high-end chips sport 10 nanometer transistors.
By moving from 7 nanometers to 5, IBM has been able to keep the law intact.
The retina in a human eye can detect light between wavelengths of 400 and 700 nanometers, a range known as the visible spectrum.
Intel wrapped up the first phase in 2013 and is now developing its next generation of 10 nanometer computer chips there.
This is true of blue light, which ranges in length from 400 to 440 nanometers.
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Origin and Etymology of nanometer
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1963See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of nanometer
: one billionth of a meter—abbreviation nanometer
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