ny·​lon | \ ˈnī-ˌlän How to pronounce nylon (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web They're made from a blend of wool, nylon, and elastane that provides moisture, temperature, and odor control. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Running Socks You Can Buy, According to Avid Runners," 17 May 2020 And cloth masks that were found to offer very little protection alone were sometimes as useful or even more filtering than surgical masks when the nylon was introduced. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Adding a layer of nylon stocking could make DIY coronavirus masks more protective," 25 Apr. 2020 Think wire-free styles, pastel colors, elevated granny panties (definitely a thing), and lots of satin and mesh inserts made from organic-certified fabrics, repurposed swatches from previous collections, and recycled nylon for its swimwear. Talia Abbas, Glamour, "30 Sustainable Clothing Brands to Shop on Earth Day (and Any Other Day)," 21 Apr. 2020 While not actually the stuff parachutes are made off—which is thinner, with a ripstop weave—parachute nylon is strong and has just enough stretch to be super comfy. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Keys to Finding the Perfect Camping Hammock," 15 Apr. 2020 Built from 1,000-denier nylon, and hung with a leather handle and leather zipper pulls, the Dryden carries on the ruggedness of classic Filson products, which were originally built for gold miners headed to the Yukon in the late 1800s. Jakob Schiller, Outside Online, "Apparel That Will Remind You of Life Before 2020," 1 Apr. 2020 Apply the first, thinned coat of paint to the patio using a good-quality nylon/polyester-blend paintbrush. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Restore a Concrete Patio," 1 Apr. 2020 The brand uses a variety of recycled materials, including nylon, cardboard, rubber, and cork. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "Shop With These Ethical and Sustainable Brands This Earth Day," 22 Apr. 2020 The Defense Logistics Agency’s Troop Support unit manages the Pentagon’s stockpile of the green nylon, 94-inch by 38-inch body bags that are typically distributed to war zones. Defne Gencler, Fortune, "Pentagon Seeking 100,000 Body Bags for Civilians in Coronavirus Crisis," 1 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of nylon was in 1938

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28 May 2020

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“Nylon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nylon. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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


ny·​lon | \ ˈnī-ˌlän How to pronounce nylon (audio) \

Kids Definition of nylon

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


ny·​lon | \ ˈnī-ˌlän How to pronounce nylon (audio) \

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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