Pronunciation: (nī'lon), [key]
1. any of a class of thermoplastic polyamides capable of extrusion when molten into fibers, sheets, etc., of extreme toughness, strength, and elasticity, synthesized by the interaction of a dicarboxylic acid with a diamine: used esp. for yarn, fabrics, and bristles, as for brushes.
2. nylons,stockings made of nylon, esp. sheer, full-length ones for women.
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