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nanotechnology Line breaks: nano|tech¦nol¦ogy
Pronunciation: /ˌnanə(ʊ)tɛkˈnɒlədʒi/

Definition of nanotechnology in English:


[mass noun]
The branch of technology that deals with dimensions and tolerances of less than 100 nanometres, especially the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules.
Example sentences
  • Eventually, nanotechnology and semiconductor device technology will converge.
  • This latest fretting has been prompted by a branch of science called nanotechnology.
  • Governments and the military have no exclusive access to genetics, robotics or nanotechnology.



Pronunciation: /ˌnanə(ʊ)tɛknəˈlɒdʒɪk(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • This storage compression takes place within the context of some hardware, and so the quest for nanotechnological progress is intimately linked to it.
  • Even the bizarre prospect of machine-brain interaction and implanted nanotechnological devices starts with therapeutic efforts to enable the blind to see and the deaf to hear.
  • He'll develop nanotechnological optical imaging strategies to catalog signaling cascades at the molecular level.


Example sentences
  • Seen this way, mainstream nanotechnology isn't truly new; we've been unwitting nanotechnologists for centuries.
  • This research could give a nanotechnologist a lot more materials for construction.
  • Diatoms can manipulate silica in ways that nanotechnologists can only dream about.

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