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 Made from 100% nylon, this backpack will repel rain to keep your belongings completely dry. Jamie Kim, Good Housekeeping, 26 July 2022 The nylon-spandex blend fabric is soft and stretchy, but also offers solid breathability and moisture-wicking properties. Annie Burdick, PEOPLE.com, 18 July 2022 These small breakaway collars are made from nylon and feel soft and silky. Alesandra Dubin, Woman's Day, 11 July 2022 The leggings are stretchy with a nylon-spandex build, plus a DWR coating. Outside Online, 23 June 2022 The lanterns are roughly 3 inches in diameter and made from nylon to hold up in the rain. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 24 May 2022 Items are kept dry thanks to a HydroLok Zipper that seals the bag completely, even when fully submerged, and a ThickSkin shell made from a high-density nylon that maintains puncture-resistance in brutal environments. J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 4 May 2022 Made from water-resistant nylon and featuring luxurious leather handles and accents, the durable travel purse is resilient against the unforeseen bumps, scratches, and stains your luggage inevitably encounters during your journey. Emily Belfiore, Travel + Leisure, 14 Apr. 2022 Shoalwater pants are made of a nylon-spandex mix, for quick drying and ease of movement. Monte Burke, Forbes, 1 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of nylon

1938, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nylon

coined word

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“Nylon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nylon. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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