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nanosecond

[ nan-uh-sek-uhnd, ney-nuh- ]
/ ˈnæn əˌsɛk ənd, ˈneɪ nə- /
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noun
one billionth of a second. Abbreviation: ns, nsec
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Origin of nanosecond

First recorded in 1955–60; nano- + second2
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British Dictionary definitions for nanosecond

nanosecond
/ (ˈnænəʊˌsɛkənd) /

noun
one thousand-millionth of a secondSymbol: ns
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Scientific definitions for nanosecond

nanosecond
[ nănə-sĕk′ənd ]

One billionth (10-9) of a second.
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Cultural definitions for nanosecond

nanosecond
[ (nan-uh-sek-uhnd) ]

A billionth of a second.

notes for nanosecond

The term is often used to refer to a very short time: “He missed having an accident by nanoseconds.”
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