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WORDS THAT USE NAN-
What does nan- mean?
Nan– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning “very small, minute.” In names of units of measure, it means “one billionth.” It is very occasionally used in scientific and technical terms.
Nan– comes from Greek nânos or nánnos, meaning “dwarf.”
What are variants of nan-?
Nan– is a variant of nano–, which loses its –o– when combined with words or word elements beginning with vowels. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use nano– article.
Examples of nan-
One example of a medical term that uses the form nan– is nanoid, meaning “dwarfish” or “abnormally small.”
The nan– part of the word means “very small,” as we have already seen. What about the –oid part of nanoid? The suffix –oid means “resembling; like.” Nanoid literally translates to “resembling something small.”
What are some words that use the combining form nan-?
What are some other forms that nan– may be commonly confused with?
Not every word that begins with the exact letters nan-, such as nanua or nanny, is necessarily using the combining form nan– to denote “very small.” Learn why nanny means “caretaker” at our entry for the word.
How to use Nan in a sentence
That said, Waters has come a long way since the picaresque adventures of Nan and Kitty.Sarah Waters’s New Novel Rewrites the Rules of Love|Lucy Scholes|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Families were sitting picnic-style, meals of lamb and rice on large plates, scooped up with the flat bread nan.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple|Michael Luongo|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On July 8, a summons was sent to Zhang alerting her to the lawsuit, and on July 11, Nan Shi lost her job.Female Yahoo Exec Accused of Sex Abuse Fires Back|Nina Strochlic|July 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
American photographer Nan Goldin shot the campaign; the release date has not yet been announced.Robert Pattinson to Star in Dior Campaign; Rick Owens Announces Collaboration with Adidas|The Fashion Beast Team|June 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Confronting Kennedy, Nan Richardson is said to have angrily announced: “You killed my sister.”New Questions Arise About Mary Richardson Kennedy’s Suicide|Nancy Collins|May 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Mrs. Sherwood told me yesterday that she hoped to have Nan Gerard back here for good, and Mary looked as if it were all settled.
Mr. Towne did not do much last winter, Mary said, beside run around with Naughty Nan.
I comforted Nan by saying that he had done the same thing before and would again.
Far away from here—Loch Nan and the vacant moors—my memory wandered.
He was here; dying here, beside the black wave of lone Loch Nan.