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



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


a painting done in acrylics

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

What to Know Before You Get Started It’s usually best to use acrylic fabric paint. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "How to Choose the Best Fabric Paint for Your Project," 13 June 2019 Simon secured the snake with his tongs as Brown began to unload an arsenal of equipment from his backpack: scale, scissors, acrylic paint, pens, and several notebooks. James Mcwilliams, Outside Online, "The Town That Lives with Rattlesnakes," 10 June 2019 This requires affixing shoulder-length hair and a wavy beard made out of cotton and acrylic paint; donning a white robe and beret hat; and applying thick white makeup to his face, including his eye lids and lips. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "See where Leonardo da Vinci still walks the streets," 6 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Patricia Moore, of Park Forest, earned second place for her acrylic and mixed pastel on canvas. Daily Southtown Staff, Daily Southtown, "Community news: Local artists take top prizes at MVCC art show," 13 June 2019 The couple's dining room table has a raw, earthy look juxtaposed with not-so-earthy acrylic chairs around it. Roxanne Washington,, "Cool Spaces: Heidi and Erik Salo mix-and-match decor in Century-old Lakewood Colonial: (photos)," 4 Apr. 2018 Paint a flag design on them with red, white and blue acrylic paints. Donna Erickson, Twin Cities, "Donna Erickson: Fun Fourth of July activities inspired by the flag," 27 June 2019 There are 27 pieces of acrylic and oil paintings of various scenes and sizes., "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 26 June 2019 Dip powder nails are somewhere between a regular mani and a fake acrylic nail. Glamour, "Dip Powder Nails: All About the Manicure That Lasts Longer Than Gels," 12 May 2019 At least one of those parts broke the acrylic of the window where Riordan was seated. Washington Post, "Southwest passenger who died following explosion was sucked halfway outside the plane," 19 Apr. 2018 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

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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)
: 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

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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