Polyethylene vs. Nylon

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Main Difference

The main difference between Polyethylene and Nylon is that the Polyethylene is a polymer and Nylon is a family of synthetic polymers originally developed as textile fibers.

  • Polyethylene (noun)

    A polymer consisting of many ethylene monomers bonded together; used for kitchenware, containers etc.

  • Nylon (noun)

    Originally, the DuPont company trade name for polyamide, a copolymer whose molecules consist of alternating diamine and dicarboxylic acid monomers bonded together; now generically used for this type of polymer.

  • Nylon (noun)

    A stocking originally fabricated from nylon; also used generically for any long, sheer stocking worn on a woman's legs.

    "They left the strip club when they discovered the ladies only stripped down to their nylons."

Webster Dictionary
  • Polyethylene (noun)

    a lightweight thermoplastic; used especially in packaging and insulation

  • Nylon (noun)

    a thermoplastic polyamide; a family of high-strength resilient synthetic materials

  • Nylon (noun)

    a synthetic fabric

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