nano·​tech·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌna-nō-tek-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce nanotechnology (audio) \

Definition of nanotechnology

: the manipulation of materials on an atomic or molecular scale especially to build microscopic devices (such as robots) Placing atoms as though they were bricks, nanotechnology will give us complete control over the structure of matter, allowing us to build any substance or structure permitted by the laws of nature.Science News Once the province of science fiction, nanotechnology, the science of assembling materials one atom at a time, is now the rage among Silicon Valley investors.— Karen Breslau

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nanotechnological \ ˌna-​nō-​ˌtek-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce nanotechnology (audio) \ adjective
nanotechnologist \ ˌna-​nō-​tek-​ˈnä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce nanotechnology (audio) \ noun

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Nanotechnology, or nanotech for short, deals with matter at a level that most of us find hard to imagine, since it involves objects with dimensions of 100 billionths of a meter (1/800th of the thickness of a human hair) or less. The chemical and physical properties of materials often change greatly at this scale. Nanotechnology is already being used in automobile tires, land-mine detectors, and computer disk drives. Nanomedicine is a particularly exciting field: Imagine particles the size of a blood cell that could be released into the bloodstream to form into tiny robots and attack cancer cells, or "machines" the size of a molecule that could actually repair the damaged interiors of individual cells.

Examples of nanotechnology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Schmidt said that the company previously engaged a scientist working in nanotechnology to develop fake foliage that would change colors based on the temperature, mimicking deciduous trees. Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2021 Jenkins said some of the money will be used to develop new academic programs in computer science and nanotechnology. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 15 June 2021 There are no real limits to what ASI could accomplish, from building nanotechnology to producing objects to preventing aging or dominating power over the human species, which many are concerned of. Cindy Gordon, Forbes, 30 May 2021 My job here is to prove the opposite: humans exploring the universe with nanotechnology robotics, bio-molecular engineering, and artificial intelligence is something that is exciting and positive, and is based on an optimistic view of the future. Louis Friedman, Scientific American, 13 Nov. 2015 The gel, which goes by the name of Statbond, is based on a proprietary silicon-like formulation developed by Hybrid Plastics Inc, a chemical and nanotechnology developer and manufacturer based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Eric Tegler, Forbes, 16 May 2021 The Whitesides Research Group has made groundbreaking contributions to areas ranging from NMR to microfluidics to nanotechnology. Steve Vassallo, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Lots of other technologies—genetic engineering, high-temperature superconductors, nanotechnology and fusion energy come to mind—have gone through phases of irrational exuberance. John Horgan, Scientific American, 20 Apr. 2021 Totally absent in the Whedon version, but prevalent in the Snyder Cut is Ryan Choi (Ryan Zheng), a nanotechnology expert working at STAR Labs with Cyborg’s dad. Ryan Britt, Vulture, 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of nanotechnology

1974, in the meaning defined above

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“Nanotechnology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nanotechnology

technical : the science of working with atoms and molecules to build devices (such as robots) that are extremely small

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