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nylon,

synthetic thermoplastic material characterized by strength, elasticity, resistance to abrasion and chemicals, low moisture absorbency, and capacity to be permanently set by heat. After 10 years of research E. I. du Pont de Nemours & Company introduced nylon in 1938 as monofilaments for bristles and in 1940 as multifilament yarn for hosiery. Nylon is now manufactured also in the form of sheets, coatings, and molded plastics and used in a variety of products, including fabrics, surgical sutures, thread, insulating wire coverings, mosquito netting and screening, gears and bearings, rope, and tire cords. There are a variety of nylons, all being polyamides frequently made from diamines and dicarboxylic acids. The most generally useful of these is nylon (66), made from hexamethylene amine and adipic acid.
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nylon

A class of thermoplastics characterized by extreme toughness, strength, and elasticity and capable of being extruded into filaments, fibers and sheets. See also: Plastic
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nylon

[′nī‚län]
(materials)
Generic name for long-chain polymeric amide molecules in which recurring amide groups are part of the main polymer chain; used to make fibers, fabrics, sheeting, and extruded forms.
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nylon

A generic name for a family of polyamide resins of extreme toughness; used to make fibers and fabrics.
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nylon

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. (as modifier): a nylon dress
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