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)

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

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,, "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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Panels of polycarbonate, acrylic and fiberglass are resilient, good insulators and have excellent light transmission, although fiberglass can discolor over time. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Build a Greenhouse," 28 Jan. 2019 Generally made of synthetic fibers like acrylic or polyester, faux fur can be a lot easier to take care of than actual fur. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "4 Reasons Faux Fur Is Just as Good as the Real Thing," 17 Sep. 2014 Choosing the right fabrics is one: Natural, sustainably made, or deadstock fabrics are drastically better than synthetics like polyester and acrylic (which are basically plastic, FYI). Emily Farra, Vogue, "4 Ways the CFDA’s New Sustainability Report Will Change Your Fashion Week Conversations," 16 Jan. 2019 Lisa makes custom acrylic vanity trays with the same inserts. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Chic Closet Is Filled With Hidden Storage Tricks," 29 Nov. 2018 The sculptural glass bottle highlights a print by artist Anne Collier on the acrylic circular cap. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lupita Nyong'o and Saoirse Ronan Star in Calvin Klein's New Perfume Ad," 16 July 2018 The goal was to collect enough shiny acrylic rubies to retire rich. Nate Anderson, Ars Technica, "Istanbul: The Dice Game," 20 Oct. 2018 Roberson is an abstract expressionist artist painting fluid acrylic on canvas. Linda Mcintosh,, "Girl Scouts learn about history of coins ... more community news," 5 Mar. 2018 Like a traditional teardrop, the camper’s cook space is accessed from outside, and includes an acrylic, easy-to-clean countertop and backsplash. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Tiny camper trailer can be towed by almost any car," 9 Oct. 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 \

Medical Definition of acrylic

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



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