Definitions for NYLONˈnaɪ lɒn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ny•lonˈnaɪ lɒn(n.)

  1. any of a class of thermoplastic polyamides capable of extrusion when molten into fibers, sheets, etc., of extreme toughness, strength, and elasticity: used esp. for yarn, fabrics, and bristles.

    Category: Textiles

  2. nylons, stockings made of nylon, esp. sheer ones.

    Category: Clothing

Origin of nylon:

1938; coined as a generic by the du Pont Chemical Co.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nylon(noun)

    a thermoplastic polyamide; a family of strong resilient synthetic fibers

  2. nylon(noun)

    a synthetic fabric

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. nylon(noun)ˈnaɪ lɒn

    a strong artificial material used to make clothing, rope, etc.


  1. nylon(Noun)

    Originally, the DuPont company trade name for polyamide, a copolymer whose molecules consist of alternating diamine and dicarboxylic acid monomers bonded together; now generically used for this type of polymer.

  2. nylon(Noun)

    A stocking originally fabricated from nylon; also used generically for any long, sheer stocking worn on a woman's legs.

    They left the strip club when they discovered the ladies only stripped down to their nylons.

  3. Origin: Arbitrary letters + -on (by analogy with cotton); the frequently heard claim that the word derives from abbreviations of New York ("NY") and London ("Lon") is a myth.


  1. Nylon

    Nylon is a generic designation for a family of synthetic polymers known generically as polyamides, first produced on February 28, 1935, by Wallace Carothers at DuPont's research facility at the DuPont Experimental Station. Nylon is one of the most commonly used polymers.

Anagrams of NYLON

  1. nonyl

Translations for NYLON

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of) a type of material made from chemicals and used for clothes, ropes, brushes etc

a nylon shirt.

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