ul·​tra·​small ˌəl-trə-ˈsmȯl How to pronounce ultrasmall (audio)
: extremely or extraordinarily small
Ultimately, atoms may serve as building blocks for ultrasmall electronic circuits …Gene Bylinsky

Examples of ultrasmall in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the latest is an ultrasmall terahertz wake-up receiver chip designed by MIT engineers. IEEE Spectrum, 8 May 2023 What changed was the advent of the Philips TDA7000, a chip that made cheap, easy, and ultrasmall FM radio possible. IEEE Spectrum, 2 July 2018 But in crucial areas, like ultrasmall chips, Chinese companies haven’t been able to match up to advancements elsewhere. Lily Kuo, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2023 Buckyballs have found applications in ultrasmall light-emitting diodes and solar cells. Brian Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2022 Its system uses a different kind of light to define ultrasmall circuitry on chips, packing more performance into the small slices of silicon. New York Times, 4 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ultrasmall was in 1891

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“Ultrasmall.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ultrasmall. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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