nano·​me·​ter | \ ˈna-nə-ˌmē-tər How to pronounce nanometer (audio) \

Definition of nanometer

: one billionth of a meter

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And in 2013, German scientists built an experimental equivalent of Maxwell's demon out of a pair of interacting quantum dots (tiny bits of semiconductors just a few nanometers wide). Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Penn State scientists build quantum version of Maxwell’s demon," 12 Sep. 2018 The scientists saw mineral crystals just five nanometers in diameter unexpectedly twisting into and around these collagen strands—forming a helical structure. Angus Chen, Scientific American, "Core Strength: Extreme “Close Ups” May Help Explain Why Our Bones Are So Strong," 3 May 2018 The features of the memory are only two nanometers across, and they can be separated by as little as 12nm—below the cutting edge of processor manufacturing. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Memristors built with 2-nanometer-thick parts," 14 Nov. 2018 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

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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variants: or chiefly British nanometre \ ˈnan-​ə-​ˌmēt-​ər How to pronounce nanometre (audio) \

Medical Definition of nanometer

: one billionth of a meter abbreviation nm

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