Definition of nylon in English:



mass noun
  • 1A tough, lightweight, elastic synthetic polymer with a protein-like chemical structure, able to be produced as filaments, sheets, or moulded objects.

    • ‘Nylon is the most famous condensation polymer.’
    • ‘Nylon is one of the most common polymers used as a fiber.’
    • ‘For example, consider the production of adipic acid, which is used to manufacture nylon 6,6.’
    • ‘Nylon is made of repeating units with amide linkages between them: hence it is frequently referred to as a polyamide.’
    • ‘The resulting hydrogenated compounds are starting materials for nylon and polyester intermediates.’
    • ‘RF welding is most useful for joining plastics that have strong dipoles such as PVCs, polyurethanes, and nylons.’
    1. 1.1 Fabric or yarn made from nylon fibres.
      ‘the tent is made of blue nylon’
      as modifier ‘nylon carpet’
      • ‘They found these blue and gray nylon fibers in Westerfield's home and two dozen of them in and around her body.’
      • ‘As a tenant, I had witnessed just about every way you can put a hole in a plaster wall or stain a piece of cheap nylon carpet.’
      • ‘Her father guiding the play of the fish, her lifting the green nylon net in anticipation and finally the heavy weight in it.’
      • ‘Brands such as nylon and Lycra take heavy investment to keep people constantly aware of them.’
      • ‘The inquest heard that the blue nylon rope had been woven through the loops of a trellis attached to a gazebo rather than tied.’
      • ‘Singlets are made predominantly from either Lycra, nylon or a combination of the two fabrics.’
      • ‘He pulled out a small length of thin nylon rope and a knife.’
      • ‘For a stretchy chain stitch, use texturized nylon or polyester thread in the needle or looper.’
      • ‘Parachutes sewn at home are made from ripstop nylon and use twill tape to reinforce its seams.’
      • ‘PVC, hot air balloon fabrics and nylon were all featured in this neat capsule collection of black and white womenswear.’
      • ‘In addition to hosiery, nylon is used in tricot, netting for bridal veils, and in carpeting.’
      • ‘Alternatively he has created a piece that uses the shape of a target; this is made from red, white, and blue nylon.’
      • ‘Recently, I was dismayed at Rowan introducing acrylic and nylon into some of their yarns.’
      • ‘Officials then invited the mother Milad Kahani to put the blue nylon rope around his neck.’
      • ‘The pickup box was covered with a greasy tarpaulin held down by an equally greasy yellow nylon rope.’
      • ‘Any nylon fibers sticking out at the top and bottom of the samples were trimmed with scissors.’
      • ‘Elaine turned away from the closet, holding a pair of beige nylon pants and a red silk blouse.’
      • ‘Next the guards produced some straps that looked to be made of canvas or nylon with a buckle at one end.’
      • ‘The fuel cells in the tanker are made of nylon fabric less than one-sixteenth of an inch thick.’
      • ‘It had two slabs of TNT over the chest and in the small of the back and was made of blue nylon.’
    2. 1.2nylons Stockings or tights made of nylon.
      ‘a pair of nylons’
      • ‘She surprises me by buying skirts, dresses, nylons, pantyhose, and high heels for us.’
      • ‘Iggy himself is tastefully arrayed in leather jacket, miniskirt, garters, nylons and heels; dipping and thrusting, hunching and high-kicking, he seems to be in peak condition.’
      • ‘She documents herself pulling on dozens of pairs of nylons, one on top of the other.’
      • ‘On Anya's birthday, when she wore that red suit and knee socks and those nylons and sandals, I just couldn't stand it.’
      • ‘Next year's issue of stockings will consist of four pairs of nylons and eight pairs of rayon stockings.’
      • ‘I picked a pair of high-heeled black shoes from the closet as well and slipped them on over a pair of sheer nylons.’
      • ‘The only thing that dislodged was her navy blue Swiss polka dot skirt which dropped over her upside down head revealing a tattered pair of grayish cotton underpants and some nylons that were tied in knots behind her knee.’
      • ‘Heidi suggested using a pair of tights or nylons, but I used my non-terrycloth kitchen towel with a cheesy Montmartre pattern on it, thinking it would be most appropriate.’
      • ‘The film provides another respite in a scene in which the women, clad in fetishy black bras and nylons, dance together in a hotel room.’
      • ‘Is it tacky to wear a skirt with boots and no nylons in the Fall?’
      • ‘I turned her on to nylons, garters, corsets, mini-skirts.’
      • ‘She's dressed in a baggy sweater, a miniskirt, nylons and high-tops.’
      • ‘No money changed hands, but, when it was over, the market trader handed her a pair of nylons as she wept.’
      • ‘Am I ok wearing a knee-length pencil skirt and closed-toe heels minus the nylons?’
      • ‘The Stashower brothers came to Canada from Poland in 1952, and Harry began the business selling pantyhose and nylons out of his house.’
      • ‘The garbage bag also contained underwear, socks and nylons.’
      • ‘I dug through the pile nearest me, finding clothes that were of little help: black slacks, silk shirts and nylons.’
      • ‘She donned a pair of shimmery black nylons to hide the bruises on her legs, pointy stiletto shoes and grabbed a silver coloured shawl and headed back out to see him.’
      • ‘At one time a popular New York store sold out of it's entire stock of 50,000 pairs of nylons in six hours.’
      • ‘He wore panties and nylons under his uniform and, once he rose in rank, cross-dressed in the privacy of his own room.’


1930s: an invented word, on the pattern of cotton and rayon.