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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The threads come in varying degrees of thickness at Indian grocers; the variety called nylon is thin and delicate. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Puffed Rice Salad With Date Syrup & Lime Dressing," 1 July 2019 Cities across the Valley have policies against wearing anything but proper swimsuits (made of polyester and nylon) in public pools. J. Edward Moreno, azcentral, "What you can and can't wear in Phoenix-area public pools," 20 June 2019 The replacement flags can be of cotton or nylon in various sizes from 3'x5' to 8'x12'. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 19 June 2019 Police described the second man, who held the gun, as wearing a Nike baseball cap and a nylon covering over his face. Pioneer Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Niles police search for armed robbers of 7-Eleven on Oakton Street," 17 June 2019 Opt for cotton underwear over nylon or Spandex to give the skin on your butt a chance to breathe. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Your 4-Step Guide to Curing Butt Acne Once and for All," 2 June 2019 Around police headquarters, masked and helmeted protesters covered surveillance cameras with masking tape and lashed barriers together with nylon cable ties. Raf Wober, BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong protesters end blockade of police headquarters," 22 June 2019 Horiuchi MacAdam creates the giant pieces almost entirely by hand, first dyeing batches of nylon cord and then crocheting hexagonal shapes that are assembled to form the nets. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Whammock!’ at the New Children’s Museum reflects artist’s passion for building interactive art for kids," 13 June 2019 Brown assembled his snake bag, securing a piece of nylon around an aluminum frame that had to be pieced together on-site. James Mcwilliams, Outside Online, "The Town That Lives with Rattlesnakes," 10 June 2019

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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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