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n. Abbr. nm
One billionth (10-9) of a meter.
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(ˈnæn əˌmi tər, ˈneɪ nə-)

a unit of measure equal to one billionth of a meter. Abbr.: nm
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nanometer - a metric unit of length equal to one billionth of a meter
metric linear unit - a linear unit of distance in metric terms
A, angstrom, angstrom unit - a metric unit of length equal to one ten billionth of a meter (or 0.0001 micron); used to specify wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation
micrometer, micron - a metric unit of length equal to one millionth of a meter
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