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, especially full-length stockings either sheer of of varying shades. [PJC]
Polyester is a category of polymers which contain the ester functional group in their main chain. Although there are many polyesters, the term "polyester" as a specific material most commonly refers to polyethylene terephthalate (PET).
polyester n 1: any of numerous synthetic resins; they are light and strong and weather resistant 2: a complex ester used for making fibers or resins or plastics or as a plasticizer 3: any of a large class of synthetic fabrics