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

Definition of nanometer

: one billionth of a meter

Examples of nanometer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each nanometer, equal to one billionth of a meter, measures the size of transistors within a chip. Time, 19 Oct. 2021 Each nanometer, equal to one billionth of a meter, measures the size of transistors within a chip. Fortune, 19 Oct. 2021 Etching transistors onto silicon at 5 nanometer scale—a human hair width is around 90,000 nanometers—is a technological feat. Rich Karlgaard, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Beginning in 2024, Intel will shift from nanometer as the standard of measurement in its chips to the angstrom. oregonlive, 26 July 2021 But the nanometer scale no longer refers to actual distances on a chip, and Intel and others say that its current chips perform like those made on TSMC’s 7-nanometer process. Will Knight, Wired, 26 July 2021 The lowered and stiffened suspension seemingly transmits every nanometer of road topography right into the car's structure and then to you. David Beard, Car and Driver, 23 July 2021 Within a few years, that is expected to shrink to less than a nanometer wide. WSJ, 17 July 2021 Japan makes no chips with the most sophisticated, sub-10 nanometer circuitry; that segment of the market is dominated by producers in Taiwan and South Korea. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of nanometer

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Nanometer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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

Medical Definition of nanometer

: one billionth of a meter abbreviation nm

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