the branch of technology that deals with dimensions and tolerances of 0.1 to 100 nanometres, or, generally, with the manipulation of individual atoms and molecules
The usual precision finishing technology has aimed to get the preciseness and fineness of 1 μm, i.e. 10−6m in length, hence it says ‘micro-technology’, not so accurate in meaning. Consequently, in contrast, the finishing technology aimed to get the preciseness and fineness of 1nm would be called ‘Nano-technology’.
in Proceedings of the International Conference of Production Engineering ii. 18/1
As nanotechnology moves beyond reliance on proteins, it will grow more ordinary from an engineer’s point of view.
Engines of Creation i. 11
1992 Locus June 27/1
In these days of nanotechnology,…it is difficult to recall when Mankind’s energies were turned toward the building of empires.
It was made to perform like a human being. And before you ask, it was made by nanotechnology. Alien nanotechnology, far beyond the rudimentary nanites we've developed thus far.
Labyrinth of Night 283
‘Biological nanotechnology,’ she said. ‘We all carry our personal bionantech by Corporation law.’
Opoponax Invasion (1994) 40
They were almost impossible to reproduce, even with nano-technology, and examples of the incredibly delicate material changed hands for millions of monits.
Dimensions (1994) 194
The nanotechnology and tissue-cloning techniques that repaired the ravages of the radiation pulse were only withdrawn after the course of treatment had finished.
Against Dark Background 285
By mid-twenty-one, nanotechnology factories were inexpensive; nano recyclers could provide raw materials from garbage; data and design reigned supreme.
Moving Mars 109
It would have looked incredibly flimsy to any engineer born before the twentieth century, but the nanotechnology that had built it up, literally carbon atom by carbon atom, had given it a strength fifty times greater than the finest steel.
Hammer of God 101
These are the things that matter. Not the moon being converted into a three thousand kilometre sphere of nanotechnology.
Necroville (1995) 31
1995 Interzone Apr. 4/1
How will our families, our freedoms, and our earning power be impacted when radical breakthroughs in information technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology move out of the laboratory, into the marketplace?
But they are clearly nanotechnology intended for medical treatment.
Return xxvii. 213
All the nanotechnology in the world couldn’t create much mass from the empty dark of space.
Edge of Dark l. 272
N. Taniguchi 'Proc. Internat. Conf. Production Engin.'
Research HistoryBen Ostrowsky submitted a 2015 cite from Brenda Cooper.
New entry in the OED June 2003, with earliest cite from 1974.
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