Adjective "Micron" definition and examples

(Micron may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈmʌɪkrɒn/

Definitions and examples

noun

A unit of length equal to one millionth of a metre, used in many technological and scientific fields.
  1. 'Nanowires are crystals only a few nanometers in diameter but up to several microns in length.'
  2. 'One micron is 1 millionth of a meter, and chips with narrower gaps between transistors can perform more functions faster.'
  3. 'Each ring - composed of polymer chains abandoned as the solvent receded - is several nanometers high and several microns wide.'
  4. 'They used computers to design the complex branching of the veins and arteries that ranged from 10 microns to 3 millimetres wide.'
  5. 'A nanometer is one-thousandth of a micron, which is one millionth of a meter.'
  6. 'To make fibers up to tens of microns across, scientists must align hundreds of the nanotubes into bundles.'
  7. 'Plastic shopping bags are currently about 15 microns thick (a micron is a thousandth of a millimetre).'
  8. 'The price differential between broader micron wools, used for carpets, and the finer microns, used for luxury clothing, is returning to normal.'
  9. 'Banning carry bags less than 20 microns or five microns doesn't quite matter because these bags are recyclable.'
  10. 'Most of these creatures are quite small; from less than a micron in diameter to a few centimeters.'

More definitions

1. Also called micrometer. the millionth part of a meter. Symbol:μ, mu.

2. Physical Chemistry. a colloidal particle whose diameter is between 0.2 and 10 microns.

3. Physics. a very small unit of pressure, equal to that exerted by a column of mercury 1μ high.

More examples(as adjective)

"dearers can be micron."

Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek mikron, neuter of mikros ‘small’.