ny·​lon | \ ˈnī-ˌlän \

Definition of nylon

1 : any of numerous strong tough elastic synthetic polyamide materials that are fashioned into fibers, filaments, bristles, or sheets and used especially in textiles and plastics
2 nylons plural : stockings made of nylon

Examples of nylon in a Sentence

The rope is made of nylon.

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The very next morning, on May 1, bananas were found hanging from nooses made of black nylon rope in at least three separate locations on AU’s campus. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Arjun Singh Sethi's American Hate Gave Hate Crime Survivors Like Taylor Dumpson the Chance to Tell Their Own Stories," 11 Dec. 2018 With a bed sheet stuffed with tissue paper and gathered around my neck and a nylon stocking pulled over my face I was totally set to either make people cry or rob a bank. Redbook, "The Last-Minute Halloween Costume Panic," 26 Oct. 2011 Fans have been quick to remind Netflix that a live-action series about a ragtag, imperfect crew of bounty hunters, flying around a wild sci-fi universe and set to a gorgeous, nylon-string score, already followed Cowboy Bebop's 26-episode run. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Netflix’s anime announcement frenzy, capped off by live-action Cowboy Bebop," 28 Nov. 2018 Ninomiya’s all-black ensembles underlined his inventive use of fabric, while Piccioli’s colorful nylon capes suggested ecclesiastical astronauts. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "The Reimagining of a Classic Moncler Jacket," 20 Nov. 2018 The $255 watch comes in 41mm and 4 mm nylon and aluminum case sizes in six colorways. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "PM Approved: Fossil Sport Touchscreen Smartwatch," 14 Nov. 2018 After all, practical black nylon doesn’t exactly conjure the thrill of travel. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: How Indré Rockefeller, Co-Founder of Paravel, Made Luggage Romantic Again," 19 Sep. 2018 On paper, the loud shell suits popularized by eighties sportswear, with their colorful nylon and baggy fit, definitely fit that bill. Ana Colon, Glamour, "Eighties-Style Shell Suits Are Here to Replace Your Track Pant Obsession," 17 July 2018 Founded in 1943, IKEA initially sold pens, wallets, table runners, watches and nylon stockings. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "IKEA to Slash Thousands of Jobs in Restructuring," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of nylon

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nylon

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English Language Learners Definition of nylon

: a strong material that is made from a chemical process and that is used for making clothes, ropes, and other products

nylons : clothing for women made of nylon that fits closely over the feet and legs and goes up to the waist


ny·​lon | \ ˈnī-ˌlän \

Kids Definition of nylon

: a strong man-made material used in the making of fabrics and plastics


ny·​lon | \ ˈnī-ˌlän \

Medical Definition of nylon

: any of numerous strong tough elastic synthetic polyamide materials that are fashioned into fibers, filaments, bristles, or sheets nylon sutures and prosthetic devices

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