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[nan-uh-sek-uh nd, ney-nuh-] /ˈnæn əˌsɛk ənd, ˈneɪ nə-/

one billionth of a .
Abbreviation: ns, nsec.
one thousand-millionth of a second ns

1959, from nano- + second (n.).
One billionth (10-9) of a second.
nanosecond [(nan-uh-sek-uhnd)]

A billionth of a second.

Note: The term is often used to refer to a very short time: “He missed having an accident by nanoseconds.”

(ns) 10^-9 seconds; one thousand millionth part of a second.
This is the unit in which the fundamental logical operations of modern digital circuits are typically measured. For example, a microprocessor with a clock frequency of 100 megahertz will have a 10 nanosecond clock period.


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