Share this entry

nanowire Syllabification: nan·o·wire
Pronunciation: /ˈnanəˌwī(ə)r/ /ˈnā-/

Definition of nanowire in English:


A nanoscale rod made of semiconducting material, used in miniature transistors and some laser applications.
Example sentences
  • In a relatively simple procedure, the researchers made Silicon nanowires by sealing silicon monoxide in an evacuated quartz tube.
  • One approach to building such devices is using nanowires as building blocks to construct two- and three-dimensional nanoscale devices.
  • The team is also trying to build LEDs and field-effect transistors out of its nanowires to see how well they work.

Definition of nanowire in:

Share this entry


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day innocuous
Pronunciation: iˈnäkyo͞oəs
not harmful or offensive