Definition of nanosecond in English:


(also NS)


  • 1One thousand-millionth of a second.

    • ‘Second, no fusion event has been observed with a fusion time between 350 nanoseconds and 2 microseconds.’
    • ‘Ram is where the computer holds data while it is processing it, and it can pull data in and out of Ram in as little as 5 nanoseconds (nano = one millionth).’
    • ‘A comparison of hydration patterns during the second and third nanoseconds showed no further change, compared to the first nanosecond.’
    • ‘The half-life of an isotope can vary in length from nanoseconds to millions or billions of years.’
    • ‘Using the computer's clock, each file (composed of n random values) was individually labeled in nanoseconds at the moment it was generated.’
    • ‘The bus operates in nanoseconds, or billionths of a second, because it is electrical.’
    • ‘Tunable lasers that switch in nanoseconds rather than milliseconds are in prototype.’
    • ‘A number of time-resolved Laue studies have been performed with time resolutions varying from nanoseconds to milliseconds.’
    • ‘In fact, code segments and system calls that take less than tens of nanoseconds can be measured without adding any code to an application.’
    • ‘In a recent simulation study, pores were created by applied tension and it was shown that - at least under tension - they remained stable over several tens of nanoseconds.’
    • ‘In a real circuit, gates take time to switch states (the time is on the order of nanoseconds, but in high-speed computers nanoseconds matter).’
    • ‘This also means one clock cycle takes one billionth of a second, or a nanosecond.’
    • ‘This procedure is repeated for several million such time steps, usually spanning just a few nanoseconds in real time.’
    • ‘If you do the same math for PC 100, you get eight bytes running parallel every 10 nanoseconds for about 80 nanoseconds.’
    • ‘Processing a half-season query would take 15 or 20 minutes - something today's desktop computers could do in nanoseconds.’
    • ‘These numbers reflect how long in nanoseconds it takes for information to be read from the RAM, it is measured in nanoseconds.’
    • ‘The second limitation is the nanosecond timescale of the simulations.’
    1. 1.1informal A very short time; a moment.
      ‘she can flick between manic laughter and tears in a nanosecond’
      • ‘It took a nanosecond to fall headlong for this place.’
      • ‘God forbid that we should think for a nanosecond that he was driven by any thought of principle, ethics, humanity or compassion.’
      • ‘Now I'm willing to entertain almost any notion for at least a nanosecond.’
      • ‘The archives will be shipped with a full-scale reproduction of Mailer's ego for articulate Third Wave feminists to whittle down in a nanosecond.’
      • ‘The woman making the slide presentation at the National Press Club skipped over the data on adolescent males in a nanosecond.’
      • ‘Within a matter of nanoseconds I was fending off over-eager hostel touts keen to win my business.’
      • ‘The place was closed down within three nanoseconds.’
      • ‘But don't waste half a nanosecond worrying about what the neighbors think.’
      • ‘In a nanosecond, the smile disappeared.’
      • ‘The boys dashed through the showers in about a nano-second - barely getting wet.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, in his business, fun can turn to agony in a nanosecond.’
      • ‘He moves on, never wasting a nanosecond.’
      • ‘You know, I mean the problem with fencing is it's all over in a nanosecond.’
      • ‘For some reason we were off war and on tax cuts in a nanosecond.’
      • ‘My passport takes just a nanosecond to get a green light.’
      • ‘Indeed, NASA had a little more than a nanosecond to rest on its laurels.’
      • ‘Lucky for me I don't have to waste even one more frustrated nanosecond trying to find the inspiration to refute his sterile sociological effusion.’
      • ‘This is not to suggest for a nano-second that women are only interested in the fashion opportunities inherent in a day at the races.’
      • ‘For a nanosecond, Davies admits he was almost fooled.’