any of a class of thermoplastic polyamides capable of extrusion when molten into fibers, sheets, etc., of extreme toughness, strength, and elasticity, synthesized by the interaction of a dicarboxylic acid with a diamine: used especially for yarn, fabrics, and bristles, as for brushes.
nylons, stockings made of nylon, especially sheer, full-length ones for women.
- half-nylon, adjective
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How to use nylon in a sentence
Made in Vermont from rugged goat leather, and hand-stitched with thick nylon thread to prevent seam tears, they’re the most durable work gloves I’ve ever tested.
Made from a soft, lightweight combination of nylon and spandex, it offers UPF 50 protection for sunny days when I want a little extra shielding from the sun between sets.The Surf Gear I Rely on from Women-Owned Companies | Rebecca Parsons | January 30, 2021 | Outside Online
Instead of traditional sidearms, the company uses a thin nylon strap to hold them on your face, like a permanent version of sunglasses straps that you can tighten.
This chemical carried the acid out of the nylon thread as it dried.Bye-bye batteries? Power a phone with fabric or a beacon with sound | Kathryn Hulick | January 6, 2021 | Science News For Students
This chair is just big enough for two people, with dual beverage holders on either arm, and it’s made from tough nylon fabric that’s sure to withstand years of abuse.The Most Coveted Gear of 2020, According to Our Editors | Will Taylor, Jeremy Rellosa, Ariella Gintzler, and Maren Larsen | December 9, 2020 | Outside Online
Alice wore a black nylon rain jacket that looked as if it was ill prepared to deal with the coming chill.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner | Mike Barnicle | December 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
They are unapologetically uncool, the men in white nylon jumpsuits and the women in “artsy” drop earrings.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art | Jay Michaelson | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Four of them carried a thick black nylon body bag, two to a side, and loaded it into the middle of the hull.
The mother unties the palm staves from the mattress, then takes the nylon ropes and ties the mattress to the boat.Whatever You Do Someone Will Die. A Short Story About Impossible Choices in Iraq | Nathan Bradley Bethea | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Other techniques included laser-cut laces, braiding, and high-gloss liquid fabrics made from silk and nylon.
Conservatively dressed—matching coat and trousers of orange nylon tweed—royal blue half-brim bowler—carrying a blue brief case.The Penal Cluster | Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
From his pocket he took a long strip of cloth and some of the tough nylon cords from the net.Stalemate | Basil Eugene Wells
I gave her a nylon nightgown and a little nylon coat that went on and she was sitting and touching it.Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
He was firmly attached to the ship by a long nylon rope which he hooked to rings set on the outer shell.The Secret of the Ninth Planet | Donald Allen Wollheim
Then he hastily drew off his left gauntlet and the thin nylon glove that was the inner protection of his suit.The Secret of the Ninth Planet | Donald Allen Wollheim
British Dictionary definitions for nylon (1 of 2)
a class of synthetic polyamide materials made by copolymerizing dicarboxylic acids with diamines. They can be moulded into a variety of articles, such as combs and machine parts. Nylon monofilaments are used for bristles, etc, and nylon fibres can be spun into yarn
yarn or cloth made of nylon, used for clothing, stockings, etc
(as modifier): a nylon dress See also nylons
British Dictionary definitions for NYLON (2 of 2)
informal a high-earning business executive who enjoys a transatlantic lifestyle, living part of the year in New York City and part in London
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Scientific definitions for nylon
Any of various materials made of synthetic polyamides (a type of nitrogen-containing polymer). Nylon is very strong and elastic, and can be formed into fibers, sheets, or bristles. It is used to make fabrics, plastics, and molded products.
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