Meaning of angstrom in English:


Pronunciation /ˈaŋstrəm/


(also ångström)
  • A unit of length equal to one hundred-millionth of a centimetre, 10⁻¹⁰ metre, used mainly to express wavelengths and interatomic distances.

    ‘An angstrom, a unit of length measuring the wavelength of light, is about 500,000 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair.’
    • ‘The Mg 2 + cations were initially positioned several angstroms from the solute.’
    • ‘Since an angstrom is a tenth of a millionth of a metre, that's pretty small.’
    • ‘An angstrom is a unit of length equal to one ten billionth of a meter.’
    • ‘While I'm thinking about it, did you know that last year an electron microscope was developed with a ‘resolution’ of 1 angstrom?’
    • ‘Coatings that were once measured in microns are now measured in angstroms.’
    • ‘The strength of the interactions involving the N-terminal residues increases between 2 and 4 ns, with an average decrease in the interside-chain distance of about an angstrom in all cases.’
    • ‘Lipid molecules in large membranes are believed to assemble and move collectively as aggregates (so called ‘rafts’), which can span several hundred angstroms of the bilayer surface.’
    • ‘Some physicists like to use angstroms for wavelengths, while others use the strict metric system, so you will also find wavelengths given in nanometers.’
    • ‘In the absence of a polymer cushion, the aqueous film thickness was found to vary between a few angstroms and more than 4 nm.’
    • ‘The wavelength of radiation is sometimes given in units with which we are familiar, such as inches or centimeters, but for very small wavelengths, they are often given in angstroms.’
    • ‘An angstrom is an atomic scale unit of measure of one ten - billionth of a meter, approximately equaling the diameter of an atom.’
    • ‘Dissecting out these small motions from thermal noise, already of amplitude a few angstroms, remains a challenge in simulation analysis.’
    • ‘If one could stretch it out, a single DNA molecule can be more than a meter long (although only a few hundred angstroms wide)!’
    • ‘The gramicidin channel consists of a head-to-head dimer of beta 6.5 helices in which the 4 - angstrom pore is lined by the neutrally terminated peptide backbone.’
    • ‘We've been able to achieve a resolution of three angstroms - the width of three hydrogen atoms - in our measurements of the progress of this enzyme along DNA.’
    • ‘The crystals, which resemble spheres just 50 angstroms wide, are engineered to hold and prevent lateral movement of a charge to other isolated nanocrystals.’
    • ‘Photonic crystal technology can create color screen displays 1,000 angstroms thick ideal for cell phones or new generation palm pilots.’
    • ‘An angstrom, the smallest wavelength of light, is about 500,000 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair.’
    • ‘The rate of crack propagation in stage I is generally very low, on the order of angstroms per cycle, compared with crack propagation rates of microns per cycle for stage II.’


Late 19th century named after A. J. Ångström (see Ångström, Anders Jonas).