nano·​scale ˈna-nə-ˌskāl How to pronounce nanoscale (audio)
: having dimensions measured in nanometers

Examples of nanoscale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some require a great deal of precision, such as hooking up quantum emitters—devices that emit single photons—with nanoscale structures capable of affecting their polarization. IEEE Spectrum, 5 Sep. 2023 Optical metastructures, which are made to manipulate electromagnetic radiation, can bend light in unexpected ways, resulting in nanoscale invisibility cloaks and other devices. IEEE Spectrum, 9 June 2023 Brinkert’s team created electrodes whose surfaces were bumpy rather than smooth at a nanoscale level and showed that gas bubbles don’t accumulate as much on the bumpier surfaces. Erika K Carlson, Discover Magazine, 10 July 2018 Careening through hairpin turns and racing down straightaways, light packets called photons travel the distance in this nanoscale photonic circuit. Discover Magazine, 2 Nov. 2016 In the new study, the researchers developed the first transformable nanoscale electronic devices. IEEE Spectrum, 28 Apr. 2023 The nanoscale technology can be easily controlled—the nanostructures can be tweaked to adjust brightness, hue and the angles of reflection. Tomas Weber, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Dec. 2022 This group has fabricated nanoscale silicon transistors that can reliably process quantum information in ways that match specialist devices. Discover Magazine, 11 Feb. 2021 But the nanoscale work of chipmaking is monotone only if your ears aren’t sharp enough to hear the symphony. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, 21 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1986, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nanoscale was in 1986

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“Nanoscale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


nano·​scale ˈnan-ə-ˌskā(ə)l How to pronounce nanoscale (audio)
: having dimensions usually measured in nanometers

Medical Definition


nano·​scale -ˌskāl How to pronounce nanoscale (audio)
: having dimensions measured in nanometers
nanoscale macromolecular structures

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