acrylic

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

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

acrylic

noun

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

Cedric Johnson created his complex, swirling pattern with colored pencils, markers, and acrylic paint, while Aurie Ramirez painted her flying unicorn with pastel watercolors. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "Method Soap Bottles Get a Colorful Makeover Thanks to Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center," 5 Feb. 2019 Lucite’ acrylic lacquer—the same paints used on General Motors automobiles. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "Can Guitar Paint Affect Your Tone?," 31 Dec. 2018 Hida, who was not handcuffed, apparently forced open an acrylic panel that separated detainees from an area for visitors and then escaped, police said. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Japanese suspect steals sneakers, flees police station," 13 Aug. 2018 Wood, metal, glass mirrors, plastic, acrylic panel, rubber, LED lighting system and acrylic balls. Laura Feasey, WSJ, "5 Mood-Lifting Museums," 11 Oct. 2018 Keep eccentric nails to a minimum—just say no to neon polish and anything acrylic. 11. Logan Sykes, Town & Country, "How To Dress Like You're A Millionaire," 17 Mar. 2015 The walk-in shower is easy-to-maintain acrylic fiberglass. Tony Bacewicz, courant.com, "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. BostonGlobe.com, "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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Old paper hearts turn into new Pulse tribute at Orlando Science Center," 8 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the mid-1990s, Lori had an idea for an acrylic jewelry organizer. Marie Milano, Country Living, "'Shark Tank' Star Lori Greiner's Husband Dan Has Always Supported Her Career," 5 May 2019 Sterne was an experimenter, at one point even trying to convey highway motion in acrylic spray paint, but her large body of work presents a mixed picture of her talent. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Hedda Sterne: Printed Variations’ Review: Elevating the Everyday," 18 Aug. 2018 These glasses are made with acrylic—not real glass—making them durable and even shatter-resistant. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "You'd Never Guess These Chic Plates Are Unbreakable," 15 Apr. 2019 In 2016, the magazine’s former Fashion Director Tonne Goodman put Lupita Nyong’o in the jewelry designer’s acrylic earrings. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Remembering Cara Croninger, Artwear Jewelry Maker and “Punk to the Core”," 5 Apr. 2019 The finish and feel of chalk paint is more like a white acrylic matte paint. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "So What Exactly is Milk Paint?," 27 Mar. 2019 Solution 1 Add airy art to mimic the translucence of the acrylic table. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "Can a Traditional Leather Sofa Cozy Up to a Colorful Acrylic Table?," 15 Mar. 2019 The latter, known for her acrylic beaded carryalls, now offers a delectable pretzel design—replacing any gluten guilt with pure fashion fun. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "You Can Only Buy These Handbags at Saks—And WE WANT THEM ALL," 8 Mar. 2019 Quartz composite Quartz composite sinks are made from 80 percent stone powder and 20 percent acrylic for an extremely durable, completely nonporous surface. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Sinks," 11 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of acrylic

Adjective

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1942, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for acrylic

Adjective

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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acrylic

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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

acrylic

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

Medical Definition of acrylic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

acrylic

noun

Medical Definition of acrylic (Entry 2 of 2)

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