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Nylon is a generic designation for a family of synthetic polymers known generically as polyamides, first produced on February 28, 1935, by Wallace Carothers at DuPont's research facility at the DuPont Experimental Station.

nylon n 1: a thermoplastic polyamide; a family of high-strength resilient synthetic materials 2: a synthetic fabric

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nylon \nylon\ n. 1. Any of several thermoplastic polyamide plastics, comprising a family of high-strength resilient synthetic materials, used mostly in fibers. [WordNet 1.5] 2. A synthetic fabric consisting of fibers of nylon[wn1]. [WordNet 1.5] 3. pl. Stockings made of a thin form of nylon[2], especially full-length stockings either sheer of of varying shades. [PJC]


A polyamide is a polymer containing monomers of amides joined by peptide bonds. They can occur both naturally and artificially, examples being proteins, such as wool and silk, and can be made artificially through step-growth polymerization or solid-phase synthesis, examples being nylons, aramids, and sodium poly(aspartate).

polyamide n : a polymer containing repeated amide groups [syn: {polymeric amide}]

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  • nylon: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • nylon: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • nylon: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • polyamide: WordNet (r) 2.0

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