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

Definition of nanoscale

: having dimensions measured in nanometers

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Recent Examples on the Web The latter’s interest stems from the intricate nanoscale protein structures that are layered within the wings: their shapes act like prisms, reflecting a stunning cerulean color. Meg Wilcox, Scientific American, "A Butterfly’s Brilliant Blue Wings Lead to Less Toxic Paint," 13 Nov. 2020 The texture comes from nanoscale corrugations that the researches say can manipulate the way light resonates within each pixel. Popular Science, "Stanford researchers may have found the key to better VR headsets in solar panels," 26 Oct. 2020 The spotlight has swept from trains to nanoscale engines, living cells' molecular motors and the smallest possible refrigerators. Nicole Yunger Halpern, Scientific American, "Quantum Steampunk: 19th-Century Science Meets Technology of Today," 18 Apr. 2020 To condense a complex device into a size that could be installed on a chip, the team had to figure out how to cram a huge amount of directed light into a nanoscale area. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Just the Tiniest Particle Accelerator You'll Ever See," 6 Jan. 2020 Lieber, who specialized in nanoscale electronics, was one of three Boston-area scientists accused on Tuesday of working on behalf of China, as the FBI seeks to root out theft of biomedical research from American universities and laboratories. Caitlin Yilek, Washington Examiner, "Harvard chemistry chairman charged with lying about alleged ties to China," 28 Jan. 2020 At such tiny distances, electrical interactions or other nanoscale phenomena between objects might easily obscure this phonon effect, Pendry says—making it very hard to test. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, "Space Heater: Scientists Find New Way to Transfer Energy Through a Vacuum," 11 Dec. 2019 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

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1986, in the meaning defined above

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“Nanoscale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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Medical Definition of nanoscale

: having dimensions measured in nanometers nanoscale macromolecular structures

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