Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A trademark used for an acrylic fiber or yarns made from this fiber.

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  • n. a synthetic fibre used in yarn and knitwear

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an acrylic fiber or the lightweight crease-resistant fabric made with Orlon yarns

Etymologies

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From orl- (perhaps after Orleans) + -on (compare nylon, rayon, developed by the same company).

Examples

  • On the Mercury comments page, "Orlon Slax" points out that most lawyers would offer a prominent client payment terms to avoid further embarrassment, and wonders if Adams isn't spending the big bucks to keep other inconvenient matters under wraps - Let the speculation roll!

    Big buzz (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Eventually, when nature demanded, the comb-over and the Orlon toupee would pass muster.

    Shortcut Man

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind was such a title in the 70s (e.g. “Close Encounters of the Orlon Kind”).

    Bruce Handy: There Will Be Blog Posts: Bruce Handy

  • All three girls wore navy blue cotton uniforms with matching Orlon sweaters.

    Fleur De Leigh’s Life of Crime

  • His Orlon clothes look slept in, and his accent is pure Brooklyn.

    Clash of the Titans

  • The flier alighted upon a lawn quite similar to the one before the observatory of Orlon, and the scientist led his Earthly guest through the main entrance of the imposing structure of vari-colored marble and gleaming metal and into the vast, glass-lined room that was his laboratory.

    Skylark Three

  • As one man, Orlon and the other remaining Norlaminians leaped out of the projector and floated to the ground below.

    Skylark Three

  • Orlon put it on, touched the lever, and for an hour there was unbroken silence as the monstrous brain of the menace was studied by the equally capable intellect of the

    Skylark Three

  • Now at the door of the observatory, Dorothy paused and shrank back against Seaton, her eyes widening as she stared at Orlon.

    Skylark Three

  • In any event, many generations of the women of the Orlon will work upon it until it is complete.

    Skylark Three

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