In 2006, the Left Front government invited the magnate Ratan Tata to set up his nano factory at Singur.
nano Amaldi's injuries proved far less serious than was at first believed.
introduced 1947 (at 14th conference of the Union Internationale de Chimie) as a prefix for units of one thousand-millionth part, from Greek nanos "a dwarf." According to Watkins, this is originally "little old man," from nannos "uncle," masc. of nanna "aunt" (see nana). Earlier it was used as a prefix to mean "dwarf, dwarfish," and still in a non-scientific sense of "very small."
Extremely small: nanoid.
One-billionth (10-9): nanometer.
A prefix meaning one billionth.