micrometer micrometer  /maɪ ˈkrɑ mə tər/


  1. (n) a metric unit of length equal to one millionth of a meter
  2. (n) caliper for measuring small distances



  1. A computer program creates a three-dimensional model of the envisioned structure and divides it into layers of up to 1 micrometer, or one thousandth of a millimeter.
  2. They take a photograph of the scene, then move certain figures a micrometer, then take another picture.
  3. Neither micrometer nor yardstick was necessary to determine that the name of Franklin Delano Roosevelt was written bigger, blacker, bolder than all the rest.


  1. Human brain cut into 7,400 slices, then reconstructed digitally in 3-D

    LONDON — Scientists have finely sliced a human brain into 7,400 wafer-thin sheets and then digitally reconstructed it to create the world's most detailed map of the brain in three dimensions.The so-called "Big Brain" project, which took a 65-year-old woman's brain and cut it into slices just 20 micrometers thick, shows the brain's anatomy in microscopic detail, almost down to a cellular level ...
    on June 22, 2013     Source: NBC NEWS

  2. What Does Human Brain Mapping Actually Tell Us?

    Google “brain” right now and you’ll find a mountain of news stories on a development known as the BigBrain project, which came out just yesterday: Researchers in Europe and Canada have just mapped the human brain with a precision that's so strikingly detailed, that it's unprecedented in humans – and it's in 3D. The team has devised a way to cut the brain into 20 micrometer-thick sections – far ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Forbes

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  1. "Same as a micrometer," Jimmy says, reaching for the right term, flustered. "But that's not the name."
    on Jun 5, 2010 By: Jimmy Howard Source: Hamilton Spectator

  2. "He's got an amiable demeanor, and some people mistake that for being reasonable," Lofgren said. "He isn't. He is not a micrometer away from whatever the Republican leadership wants him to do."
    on Sep 29, 2005 By: Zoe Lofgren Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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