nylon

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noun ny·lon \ˈnī-ˌlän\

Definition of nylon

  1. 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. 2 plural :  stockings made of nylon

Examples of nylon in a sentence

  1. The rope is made of nylon.

Origin and Etymology of nylon

coined word


First Known Use: 1938


NYLON Defined for English Language Learners

nylon

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noun ny·lon \ˈnī-ˌlän\

Definition of nylon for English Language Learners

  • : 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


NYLON Defined for Kids

nylon

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noun ny·lon \ˈnī-ˌlän\

Definition of nylon for Students

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


Medical Dictionary

nylon

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noun ny·lon \ˈnī-ˌlän\

Medical Definition of nylon

  1. :  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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