nano·​me·​ter | \ˈna-nə-ˌmē-tər \

Definition of nanometer 

: one billionth of a meter

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All the new phones are powered by a new seven-nanometer A12 Bionic chip. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "The iPhone XS starts at $999, and the iPhone XR starts at $749," 12 Sep. 2018 Intel has typically led the industry in such transitions—14 nanometers is the most common size now. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Intel Serves Up an Opportunity for AMD," 29 July 2018 Your best bet is to go for coated, non-nano ingredients larger than 150 nanometers. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "Is Your Sunscreen Bad for the Planet? Here’s How to Choose an Ocean-Safe Formula," 14 Aug. 2018 Instead, the ball is placed within a few nanometers of an optical fiber, which allows the light to leak across the gap to the ball. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Spinning glass ball rejects light from one direction," 27 June 2018 Most lidars use lasers at the 905 nanometer wavelength. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Luminar's New Lidar Could Bring Vision to Every Robocar in the World," 12 Apr. 2018 For example, the enzyme cellobiose dehydrogenase from the fungus Phanerochaete sordida can break down sugars and generate electrical current when stuck onto carbon tubes only nanometers (billionths of a meter) wide. Charles Q. Choi, Washington Post, "How the body could power pacemakers and other implantable devices," 9 June 2018 The project was a fun way to demonstrate that the μRobotex can operate with an accuracy of less than two nanometers. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Scientists Built the World’s Smallest House," 24 May 2018 The scientists will then pour the DNA into 5,000 nanometer-sized glass beads. David Meyer, Fortune, "Scientists Are Coding an Electronic Music Masterpiece Into DNA So It Can Last Forever," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nanometer

1963, in the meaning defined above

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variants: or chiefly British nanometre \ˈnan-​ə-​ˌmēt-​ər \

Medical Definition of nanometer 

: one billionth of a meter abbreviation nm

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