- 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.
Origin of nylon
Examples from the Web for nylons
She said her husband used to dress up in her clothing (dresses, nylons, and bras) and wear his own makeup.Horrifying 'Little Girl Sex Cult'
June 1, 2010
He missed the bobbypins on the floor, the nylons drying across the shower rack, the toothpaste tubes squeezed from the top.At the Post
Horace Leonard Gold
- stockings made of nylon or other man-made material
- informal a high-earning business executive who enjoys a transatlantic lifestyle, living part of the year in New York City and part in London
- 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
Word Origin and History for nylons
1940; see nylon.
1938, coined, according to DuPont, from random generic syllable nyl- + -on, common ending in fiber names (cf. rayon), said to be ultimately from cotton. Use (in plural) for "nylon stockings" is from 1940.
- 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.