nano·​scale | \ ˈna-nə-ˌskāl How to pronounce nanoscale (audio) , ˈna-nō- \

Definition of nanoscale

: having dimensions measured in nanometers

Examples of nanoscale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The library is a 30 million-page archive of human history and civilization, stored on a nanoscale device akin to a DVD—except it's made of 25 layers of nickel disks just 40 microns thick. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Tiny tardigrades crash-landed on the Moon and probably survived," 7 Aug. 2019 Researchers can precisely position the nanoscale objects to ensure that the light that exits the metalens has selected characteristics. Alberto Moscatelli, Scientific American, "Tiny Lenses Will Enable Design of Miniature Optical Devices," 1 July 2019 To capture the complex structure of these nanoscale interactions, scientists typically crystalize the molecules, freezing their shape for the camera. Quanta Magazine, "How Strange Twists in DNA Orchestrate Life," 5 Jan. 2016 Instead, a probe scans the sample and produces a topographical map of its surface with nanoscale resolution. Diana Gitig, Ars Technica, "Just pee in a cup for bladder cancer detection," 10 Dec. 2018 Knowing the nanoscale structure of the egg could lead to new types of materials, says Lara Estroff, a Cornell engineer who was not involved in the study, Hamers reports. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "How Do Tiny Chicks Crack Out of Their Eggs?," 5 Apr. 2018 Now human engineers are learning to design and synthesize novel biochemical devices such as nanoscale factories, biological circuits and even molecular computers. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "Programming a DNA Clock," 21 Feb. 2018 Jihad, who had a cancer scare in 2013, is studying biomolecular science at New York University and has worked in a lab to develop breast cancer treatments using magnetic, nanoscale particles. Washington Post, "Scholarship for Muslim women honors pioneering scientist," 10 Dec. 2017 But as Daniel Akst reports for The Wall Street Journal, a group of scientists has a possible solution: Take that e-waste, freeze it and smash it into nanoscale pieces. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Scientists Want to Freeze and Pulverize Your Old Computers," 18 Apr. 2017

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1986, in the meaning defined above

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“Nanoscale.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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nano·​scale | \ -ˌskāl How to pronounce nanoscale (audio) \

Medical Definition of nanoscale

: having dimensions measured in nanometers nanoscale macromolecular structures

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