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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This light, tiny, 10-liter hauler made from ripstop nylon hugs your back well enough for a trail run. Graham Averill, Outside Online, "The Daypacks We Use for Hiking," 11 July 2018 And instead of a rubberized cord, these are connected via a sturdy, reflective nylon rope, with intuitive, easy-to-find inline controls. Adrienne So, WIRED, "The Best Wireless Workout Headphones," 11 July 2018 The replacement flags can be of cotton or nylon in various sizes, from 3'x5' to 8'x12'. Courant Community, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 2 July 2018 On Thursday night, Musk tweeted about an idea to use an inflatable nylon tube to help the kids escape. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Elon Musk making “kid-sized submarine” to rescue teens in Thailand cave," 7 July 2018 First remove dirt with a nylon medium-bristle brush and a capful of Woolite diluted in a bowl of warm water, says Fabrizio. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make Your Leather Shoes Last Forever," 19 Apr. 2018 Prada’s one-shoulder, nylon version is sleek, chic and ever-so slightly futuristic. Max Berlinger, latimes.com, "LeBron James carries a $41,000 bag. Here's your chance to get into the man-bag game with these picks," 12 July 2018 Image On a recent morning, a steer head weighing two tons dangled from a nylon strap over the playground in Chelsea Waterside Park, on 11th Avenue between 22nd and 24th Streets. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "From the Slaughterhouse to the Playground," 20 June 2018 All our wood is sourced locally, paper lanterns are made with traditional techniques in Japan, the sofas are made from New Zealand wool, rugs are made from regenerated nylon, and counter-top tiles are hand made by a past collaborator. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "4 Chic Fashion Brands Doing Things Right, Right Now," 2 July 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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