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

Wu selects dozens of wrinkled papers and individually pastes them flat onto the canvas, sealing each layer with acrylic gel before adding a new one. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "You Can't Photoshop This Mountain," 29 July 2019 In the portrait of a corpse, acrylic paint achieves the gummy texture of gore. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "A Photographer’s Elaborate Transformations in His Childhood Bedroom," 18 July 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Corse began the series in 1968, determined to find a way to physically embody light within a painting rather than merely represent it with oils or acrylics. Los Angeles Times, "Review: In Mary Corse’s light paintings at LACMA, some shadows," 5 Aug. 2019 Robert Mann, an airline consultant and former American Airlines executive, said windows are periodically polished to remove crazing, the formation of tiny cracks in the acrylic windows from exposure to chemicals and the sun’s rays. Mark Gillispie And David Koenig,, "Southwest plane with cracked window diverted to Cleveland," 2 May 2018 Cecilia was a long time resident of Orlando who enjoyed acrylic painting, puppet design, card making and volunteering., "Deaths in Central Florida: 7/21," 21 July 2019 An acrylic painting of a tiger Mackenzie made during her sophomore year stands out fondly in her memory. High School Journalism Institute,, "Photographer finds passion in her art," 20 July 2019 Watercolor and acrylic painting will be involved in this process. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Newcomers group installs new officers," 10 July 2019 Alaska Bagel Restaurant — Original watercolor and acrylic paintings by Karen Crandall. Anchorage Daily News, "First Friday art openings on July 5," 4 July 2019 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

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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

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



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