[nan-uh-skeyl, ney-nuh-]


of or relating to microscopic particles of matter, devices, etc., that are measured in nanometers or microns: a nanoscale sensor made of a single molecule.


Measurements. a scale of measurement that uses nanometers or microns as units of measure.

Nearby words

  1. nanophthalmos,
  2. nanophyetus salmincola,
  3. nanophysics,
  4. nanoplankton,
  5. nanopublishing,
  6. nanosecond,
  7. nanotechnology,
  8. nanotesla,
  9. nanotube,
  10. nanous

Origin of nanoscale

First recorded in 1980–85; nano- + scale2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for nanoscale



Relating to or occurring on a scale of nanometers.
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