|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 (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.