acryl·​ic | \ə-ˈkri-lik \

Definition of acrylic 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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)

1a : acrylic resin

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


a painting done in acrylics

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The walk-in shower is easy-to-maintain acrylic fiberglass. Tony Bacewicz,, "West River Farms, East Windsor," 28 June 2018 Since suffering a stroke eight years ago, Ron Emmerling has used painter’s tape, rulers, acrylic paint, and other tools to express his creative vision., "A trip to Neverland, voyage on a Yellow Submarine, and dream the Impossible Dream," 5 July 2018 The science center has since installed more durable, acrylic versions of the hearts on its bridge. Dewayne Bevil,, "Old paper hearts turn into new Pulse tribute at Orlando Science Center," 8 June 2018 Step 5: Seal your shafts by brushing them with acrylic floor finish. Andrew Del-colle And Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "How to Make a Bow and Arrow By Hand," 5 June 2018 Art techniques are taught using oil, watercolor, and acrylic paints - as well as pen and ink, colored pencils, and pastels. Manon L. Mirabelli, Courant Community, "Art Exhibit Opens At Phelps-Hatheway House," 16 May 2018 Another favorite: the Open Ocean exhibit, which boasts 750,000 gallons of sea water and a 240-degree view acrylic tunnel. Matt Villano, Sunset, "Our Guide to Visiting Hawaii with Kids," 22 Jan. 2018 Affixed to the main gallery’s walls are rectangles, ovals and triangles of solid blue, violet, gold and green; some are painted, while others are whisper-thin acrylic panels, slightly mirrored and bolted to the wall. Jason Farago, New York Times, "10 Galleries to Visit Now Around SoHo and TriBeCa," 26 Apr. 2018 Ranging in height from around three to more than six feet, the pieces are complex, layered assemblages made of frosting, found objects, party decorations, acrylic paint, and an assortment of other materials relevant to that individual. Kerry Cardoza, Chicago Reader, "The American dream, in frosting: the art of Yvette Mayorga," 25 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On another wall are peaceful landscape paintings made of unusually chunky acrylic — incinerated canvas ash and fragments are mixed into it. Kevin Fagan,, "Wine Country artists find new life, inspiration in the wreckage of studios," 9 July 2018 Race is fluid as the artist uses various materials on wood including acrylic, charcoal, graphite and transfer to tie images together into colorful collages. Washington Post, "Southwest ‘casta’ paintings spotlight race, popular culture," 10 Mar. 2018 Larian also expanded the Ark beyond the original bamboo version, releasing pricier acrylic iterations for spring 2017, followed by glittery versions in fall 2017. Alexandra Ilyashov, Glamour, "The Full Story Behind Fashion's Favorite—and Most Affordable—'It Bag'," 16 May 2018 Sets now have an acrylic title bar, and the Alt-Tab experience now includes recent Microsoft Edge tabs to switch between. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Windows 10 is getting a File Explorer dark mode and new cloud clipboard," 9 May 2018 His favorite mediums were assemblages, acrylic on canvas paintings, and found art. Hartford Courant,, "Robert T. Herdlein," 15 June 2018 The charges also alleged that Valadbaigi ordered acrylic sheets from a company in Connecticut in 2012 and falsely claimed they would be used in Hong Kong. Jason Meisner,, "Iranian indicted in Chicago on charges he exported aluminum tubing used in missile industry," 21 June 2018 They’re made of cotton painted with orangey-red acrylic paint. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Unseen Oceans: How the American Museum of Natural History Builds a New Exhibit," 21 June 2018 Pappion listens to music while creating her acrylic works each day. Sarah Bonnette,, "Artscape: North Shore artists at Jazz Fest use recycled items as their canvases," 2 May 2018

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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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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)

acrylics : paints that contain an acrylic substance and that are used by artists


acryl·​ic | \ə-ˈkril-ik \

Medical Definition of acrylic 

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



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