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nylon

[nahy-lon]
noun
1.
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.
2.
nylons, stockings made of nylon, especially sheer, full-length ones for women.

Origin:
1938; coined as a generic by the du Pont Chemical Co. as distinct from known words and having no prior meaning or use, but with the suffix -on suggesting other textile fibers such as rayon

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nylon (ˈnaɪlɒn)
 
n
1.  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
2.  a.  yarn or cloth made of nylon, used for clothing, stockings, etc
 b.  See also nylons (as modifier): a nylon dress
 
[C20: originally a trademark]

NYLON (ˈnaɪlɒn)
 
n
informal a high-earning business executive who enjoys a transatlantic lifestyle, living part of the year in New York City and part in London
 
[C20: from N(ew) Y(ork) + Lon(don)]

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nylon
1938, coined, according to DuPont, from random generic syllable nyl- + -on, common ending in fiber names (cf. rayon), ult. from cotton. See "Women's Wear Daily," Feb. 9, 1940, for explanation of the name. Use (in pl.) for "nylon stockings" is from 1940.
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nylon   (nī'lŏn')  Pronunciation Key 
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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