Definitions for nano
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The nanotechnology industry, or a product of such industry
abbreviation for the iPod Nano.
The New Hacker's Dictionary
[CMU: from nanosecond] A brief period of time. “Be with you in a nano” means you really will be free shortly, i.e., implies what mainstream people mean by “in a jiffy” (whereas the hackish use of ‘jiffy’ is quite different — see jiffy).
[SI: the next quantifier below micro-; meaning × 10-9] Smaller than micro-, and used in the same rather loose and connotative way. Thus, one has nanotechnology (coined by hacker K. Eric Drexler) by analogy with microtechnology; and a few machine architectures have a nanocode level below microcode. Tom Duff at Bell Labs has also pointed out that “Pi seconds is a nanocentury”. See also quantifiers, pico-, nanoacre, nanobot, nanocomputer, nanofortnight.
Nano- is a unit prefix meaning one billionth. Used primarily with the metric system, this prefix denotes a factor of 10−9 or 0.000000001. It is frequently encountered in science and electronics for prefixing units of time and length. Examples: One nanometer is about the length that a fingernail grows in one second. Three gold atoms lined up are about one nanometer long. If a toy marble were one nanometer wide, Earth would be about one meter wide. The prefix is derived from the Greek νᾶνος, meaning "dwarf", and was officially confirmed as standard in 1960. When used as a prefix for something other than a unit of measure, nano refers to nanotechnology, or on a scale of nanometres. See nanoscopic scale.
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