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nylon

[nahy-lon] /ˈnaɪ lɒn/
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
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
Related forms
half-nylon, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nylons

nylons

/ˈnaɪlɒnz/
plural noun
1.
stockings made of nylon or other man-made material

nylon

/ˈnaɪlɒn/
noun
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.
  1. yarn or cloth made of nylon, used for clothing, stockings, etc
  2. (as modifier): a nylon dress See also nylons
Word Origin
C20: originally a trademark

NYLON

/ˈnaɪlɒn/
noun
1.
(informal) a high-earning business executive who enjoys a transatlantic lifestyle, living part of the year in New York City and part in London
Word Origin
C20: from N(ew) Y(ork) + Lon(don)
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Word Origin and History for nylons
n.

1940; see nylon.

nylon

n.

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.

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nylons in Science
nylon
  (nī'lŏn')   
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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