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nano

[ nan-oh, ney-noh ]
/ ˈnæn oʊ, ˈneɪ noʊ /
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Definition of nano

noun
Informal. nanotechnology.
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Origin of nano

By shortening

Other definitions for nano (2 of 2)

nano-

a combining form with the meaning “very small, minute,” used in the formation of compound words (nanoplankton); in the names of units of measure it has the specific sense “one billionth” (10-9): nanomole; nanosecond.
Also nanno-; especially before a vowel, nan-.

Origin of nano-

Combining form representing Greek nânos, nánnos dwarf
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British Dictionary definitions for nano

nano-

combining form
denoting 10 –9nanosecond Symbol: n
indicating extreme smallnessnanoplankton

Word Origin for nano-

from Latin nānus dwarf, from Greek nanos
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Scientific definitions for nano

nano-

A prefix that means:
Very small or at a microscopic level, as in nanotube. In this sense, this prefix is sometimes spelled nanno-, as in nannoplankton.
One billionth, as in nanosecond, one billionth of a second.
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Cultural definitions for nano

nano-

A prefix meaning one billionth.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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