acryl·​ic | \ ə-ˈkri-lik How to pronounce acrylic (audio) \

Definition of acrylic

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1 : of or relating to acrylic acid or its derivatives acrylic polymers
2 : made or consisting of an acrylic an acrylic window



Definition of acrylic (Entry 2 of 2)

b : a paint in which the vehicle is an acrylic resin
c : a painting done in an acrylic resin

Examples of acrylic in a Sentence

Noun a painting done in acrylics
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Elam taught them all the latest dance routines, put them up on acrylic nails, showed them how to masterfully brush out their baby hairs and led them in believable games of make-believe. Imani Mixon, Detroit Free Press, "Inspired by COVID-19 lockdown, 2 ex-Detroiters take their art to the streets of SoHo," 18 Oct. 2020 Just make sure to add a fabric medium or acrylic polymer to prevent the paint from cracking. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Trying to save money? 7 fall fashion trends you can DIY on the cheap without shopping," 20 Oct. 2020 Dip powder nails are somewhere between a regular mani and a fake acrylic nail. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "Dip Powder Nails: All About the Manicure That Lasts Longer Than Gels," 16 Oct. 2020 When dry, remove the dish from the mold and seal with acrylic tile sealer or paste wax. Mark Melonas, Popular Mechanics, "Make This Concrete Dish So You Never Misplace Your Keys Again," 10 Oct. 2020 Winslow noted that 31 states allow for exceptions to the 6-foot social distancing rule if plexiglass or acrylic glass has been installed. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Bar, restaurant owners react to new COVID-19 order on indoor service: 'It's go time'," 10 Oct. 2020 The video shows the main office, with acrylic glass placed above the desks, as well as some shots of a few classrooms. Pat Stoetzer,, "Wondering what your children’s school will look like when it reopens? CCPS officials want to show you.," 30 Sep. 2020 Topping It Off Whether you’re drawn to the simple addition of an acrylic claw clip or want to match from literally head to toe, the powers of the bright hair accessory should not be overlooked. Charlotte Diamond, Vogue, "Life in Technicolor: Shop Colorful Accessories Inspired by Street Style Stars," 8 Oct. 2020 Visitors were still arriving there Thursday morning to ponder such marvels as the acrylic statue of fat man Walter Hudson, once the world’s largest person, whose waist measured 119 inches. John Maccormack,, "‘Like a normal summer day’ — hurricane evacuees enliven Alamo Plaza," 27 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This beanie by Carhartt, available in 21 colors, is made with durable 100% acrylic that’s equal parts warm, stretchy and durable. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "20 winter hats that’ll keep you warm and stylish this winter," 12 Nov. 2020 Made from supersoft acrylic yarn, the sweater is machine washable, sports a hole in the back for connecting to a leash, and is available in four sizes. Rachel King, Fortune, "Novelties and necessities for pet owners," 7 Nov. 2020 It's also made of acrylic, a lightweight and moisture-wicking material. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, "L.L. Bean is now available at Nordstrom: Boots, jackets and more," 5 Nov. 2020 The frosted acrylic Lele Sadoughi Face Mask Chain has the look of a tortoise necklace with its caramel and black links. Nykia Spradley, Allure, "18 Face Mask Chains to Wear So You'll Never Forget Your PPE," 3 Nov. 2020 The money bought paintings by van Gogh and Monet, a mega-yacht docked in Bali, a grand piano made of clear acrylic that was given to a supermodel as a gift, and a king’s ransom in jewelry. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, "Goldman Sachs Malaysia Arm Pleads Guilty in 1MDB Fraud," 22 Oct. 2020 Sharks are featured in a 20-foot-deep, 185-foot-long exhibit and can be seen through the floor-to-ceiling acrylic windows. William Thornton |, al, "Brasfield & Gorrie finishes work on Georgia Aquarium Shark exhibit," 27 Oct. 2020 Even better, an expansive diptych in acrylic from 1984 that will take over an entire gallery wall will make that experience immersive. oregonlive, "9 Portland exhibits invite you to immerse yourself in art: 2020 fall arts guide," 21 Sep. 2020 Books are propped up and held open between two ends of a bent sheet of acrylic, with the taller side shielding the surface, and easily wiped down when dirty. Popular Science, "Cookbook holders that make it easier to follow your favorite recipes," 8 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of acrylic


1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for acrylic


borrowed from French (acide) acrylique, partial translation (with addition of the suffix -ique -ic entry 1) of German Acrylsäure, with acryl- from Acrolein acrolein + -yl -yl

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The first known use of acrylic was in 1843

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4 Nov 2020

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“Acrylic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of acrylic

: a material that is made from a chemical process and that is used for making many different products (such as clothing and paints)
: paints that contain an acrylic substance and that are used by artists


acryl·​ic | \ ə-ˈkril-ik How to pronounce acrylic (audio) \

Medical Definition of acrylic

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: of or relating to acrylic acid or its derivatives acrylic polymers



Medical Definition of acrylic (Entry 2 of 2)

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