- A measuring tool with gradations in nanometers.
2005, Jí¼rgen Schulte, Nanotechnology: Global Strategies, Industry Trends and Applications http://books.google.com/books?id=F37DbBpoZCQC, ISBN 0470854006, page 167:
The nanoscales under development will have 10 000 to 40 000 graduations per 1 mm distance.
- The scale of nanotechnology.
2006, Jessica Elzea Kogel, Industrial Minerals & Rocks: Commodities, Markets, and Use http://books.google.com/books?id=zNicdkuulE4C, ISBN 0873352335, page 1441:
As opposed to the microscale, the is not just another step toward miniaturization: it results in a qualitatively new material.
Etymology: (nano-) + (scale)
- On a scale measured in nanometers
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