nanometer

[nan-uh-mee-ter, ney-nuh-]

noun

one billionth of a meter. Abbreviation: nm

Nearby words

  1. nanogram,
  2. nanoid,
  3. nanomachine,
  4. nanomaterial,
  5. nanomelia,
  6. nanometre,
  7. nanomole,
  8. nanook,
  9. nanoparticle,
  10. nanophthalmia

Compare millimicron.

Origin of nanometer

First recorded in 1960–65; nano- + meter1

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Word Origin and History for nanometer

nanometer

n.

also nanometre, 1963, from nano- + meter (n.2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for nanometer

nanometer

[nănə-mē′tər]

n.

One billionth (10-9) of a meter.

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Science definitions for nanometer

nanometer

[nănə-mē′tər]

One billionth (10-9) of a meter.
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