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 History of this Word

"nano" is from "nanos" (dwarf) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this prefix,
nanograms
nanofossil

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grammar is modifier

"nano-" is a type of prefix

Definition

A prefix added to the start of a word. Indicates that "one billionth" or "extremely small" modifies the word. Created to expand meanings. Can be used with many words to form new words.

Examples of how the word is used

nano- illustration This won't take a nanosecond.
nano- illustration These little nanothings, and the technology that assembles and manipulates them -- nanotechnology -- will revolutionize our industries, and our lives.