nanometer

noun
nano·me·ter | \ˈna-nə-ˌmē-tər \

Definition of nanometer 

: one billionth of a meter

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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 The resulting porous material is composed of flakes that are mere nanometers thick and is capable of soaking up 33 times its own weight in oils and other solvents. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Ridiculously Absorbent Sponge Could Help Soak Up Oil Spills," 1 Dec. 2015 One possibility is to have a single-layer graphene sail—just a molecule thick, only 0.345 nanometer. Scientific American, "Astronomy at the Speed of Light," 3 July 2018 Each new chip generation is named by numbers of nanometers—billionths of a meter—that don’t correspond to actual measurements but nod to the minuscule size of the transistors the chips carry. Ted Greenwald, WSJ, "Intel’s Chip Stumble Is Letting Rivals Pull Ahead," 24 June 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

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1963, in the meaning defined above

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nanometer

noun
nano·me·ter
variants: or chiefly British nanometre \ˈnan-ə-ˌmēt-ər \

Medical Definition of nanometer 

: one billionth of a meter abbreviation nm

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