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.

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Material: Fiber glass and aluminized nylon This is the very top of the line for hard shells in the James Baroud lineup. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The 7 Best Rooftop Tents for Far-Out (and Closer-to-Home) Adventures," 26 Apr. 2019 The throwback nylon sandals appeared on the runways of several shows including Tome, Anna Sui, and Collina Strada at New York Fashion Week. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Valentino Birkenstocks Are Now Available to Shop for $495," 27 Feb. 2019 Made from nylon mesh combined with leather, these sporty men’s shoes were popular in warm climates. Joy Wallace Dickinson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Spring fashion changes, but Easter eggs still roll," 1 Apr. 2018 The flexibility of nylon allows the material to be used in a variety of different carpet patterns and styles, from ultra-plush to dense and tightly-packed. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Carpet Types for a Perfectly Grounded Space," 13 Feb. 2019 The GB Pockit Stroller folds up into a small square, fits in a nylon grocery bag, can be carried onto a plane and stored overhead. Done! Kiley Bates-brennan, Good Housekeeping, "I Kept Traveling The World After I Had My Baby—Here Are My 5 Top Tips For Kid-Friendly Travel," 28 Apr. 2017 And, in general, loosely-knit, natural materials like cotton and wool produce more lint than tightly-woven, synthetic ones like nylon and spandex, Dr. Goldbach says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Excuse Me, What Even Is Belly Button Lint?," 1 Mar. 2019 Orange ripstop nylon glowed in the sun, creating patterns of light and shadow through her cuttings, and was stretched and unfurled by dancers at the beginning and end of the piece. Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times, "Dance — and art — make a scene at Seattle’s Waterfront Park," 24 July 2018 The Powerline +cables feature extra durable nylon braided cords, and all the cables have Powerline technology that can handle fast charging so long as they're paired with a compatible adapter (which is also on sale). 3. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best Amazon deals you can find right now," 26 Mar. 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
: 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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