/nan'oh/ 1. <unit> A prefix meaning 10^-9 or one billionth.

Used loosely to mean "small", e.g. nanotechnology, or (rarely), following "nanosecond", to mean a short time, e.g. "I'll be with you in a nano".

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Last updated: 2002-03-02

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