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

Noun a painting done in acrylics
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective About 82 feet long, 16 feet wide, and 10 feet deep, the acrylic pool was built in a factory in Colorado and carefully moved across the Atlantic for installation. Rachel Chang, Travel + Leisure, "This Clear-bottomed Pool Hangs Between 2 Buildings in London," 27 Apr. 2021 Learn how to build abstract landscape paintings on paper using acrylic paint (Golden paints), mediums, layering techniques, mark making and various tools., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 16 Apr. 2021 Lee recommends coffin nails for those who aren't afraid of a bold look and says the trend looks amazing on slender fingers with acrylic nails. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "10 Nail Shapes to Consider Before You Book Your Next Mani," 25 Mar. 2021 Once the shapes have completely cooled, decorate the salt dough ornaments with acrylic paint. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments," 22 Apr. 2021 These animals do not have direct contact with guests and have always been separated from them by acrylic barriers, the aquarium said. Rachel Trent, CNN, "Otters at Georgia Aquarium test positive for coronavirus," 19 Apr. 2021 Learn how to build abstract landscape paintings on paper using acrylic paint (Golden paints), mediums, layering techniques, mark making and various tools., "Community News For The Vernon Edition," 16 Apr. 2021 The Miazes use airbrushes, which disperse miniscule droplets, and spray cans to add layers of acrylic paint to their canvases. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Out-of-Focus Paintings Put a Contemporary Spin on Traditional Portraiture," 14 Apr. 2021 Paul punched Raymond in the face during a tussle, knocking his acrylic dentures from his mouth, the complaint says. Mario Ariza,, "Brothers sue two Fort Lauderdale police officers over forceful arrest," 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One of the most tedious and annoying things in the beginning of quarantine was having acrylic nails on while in desperate need of a fill-in. Essence, "Black Girl Nail Techs Slaying The Nail Game," 20 Apr. 2021 Her achievement passes not only through urbanism and protest, but through acrylic, ink, spray guns, tracing paper. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Julie Mehretu’s Long Journey Home," 25 Mar. 2021 The 24-by-36 acrylic paintings portray goddesses from a world of cultures captured in all of their mythic glory. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: During the pandemic, this San Diego artist discovered goddess power," 11 Mar. 2021 The film, directed by Trevor Tweeten, comes after portions of Congress — which is a large, 72- x 96-inch ink and acrylic on canvas piece — were featured on the cover of Promises. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, "Pharoah Sanders, Floating Points’ Album ‘Promises’ to Soundtrack New Film," 13 Apr. 2021 Other than a carpenter’s level, no tools are required to install peel-and-stick acrylic shelves, which can be affixed to any smooth wall with adhesive strips. Washington Post, "How to give your rental a new look — without angering your landlord," 13 Apr. 2021 This one-size-fits-all face shield features acrylic glasses that can fit over most eyeglasses. Zoe Malin, NBC News, "Covid eye protection isn't required but 'doesn't hurt,' experts say," 12 Apr. 2021 Yellowish acrylic pumpkins seeded with LED lights fill a five-foot-square glass cube in a darkened room near the garden’s main entrance. New York Times, "Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Cosmic Nature’ Dots a Bronx Garden," 9 Apr. 2021 Postponed in 2020 due to Covid, the new exhibition is installed in various landscapes at the Garden and features the artist’s pumpkins, polka dots and acrylic flowers. Margie Goldsmith, Forbes, "Pumpkins, Polka Dots And Blossoms Everywhere At The New York Botanical Garden," 8 Apr. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Acrylic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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