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[uh-kril-ik] /əˈkrɪl ɪk/
of or derived from acrylic acid.
a paint, prepared especially for artists, in which an acrylic resin serves as a vehicle.
a painting done with this type of paint:
She sold several acrylics during the show.
Origin of acrylic
1855-60; acr(olein) + -yl + -ic Unabridged
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Examples from the web for acrylic
  • It involves giant acrylic polyhedrons that utter recorded words when visitors touch their various sides.
  • Thicker acrylic paint is also allowed now, on the pretext that it is water-based.
  • Most of the particles were plastics commonly used in clothes-polyester and acrylic.
  • We sat down in the cool theater with tubs of popcorn and stared through panels of clear acrylic at an underwater kingdom.
  • Each of the canvases are painted with sponge mop in a brightly-colored acrylic paint.
  • For now, however, the threads are only about as tough as the acrylic found in an ordinary sweater.
  • Normally, the diodes' light reflects internally and stays trapped within the acrylic.
  • The thin acrylic would also allow designers to mold lights around contours.
  • Finally, they add a catalyst to form an acrylic polymer shell around the wax.
  • The device, made of acrylic, has a small reaction chamber fed and cleaned via tiny inlet and outlet channels.
British Dictionary definitions for acrylic


of, derived from, or concerned with acrylic acid
a paint or colour containing acrylic resin
Word Origin
C20: from acrolein + -yl + -ic
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Word Origin and History for acrylic

1855, "of or containing acryl," name of a radical from acrolein (1843), the name of a liquid in onions and garlic that makes eyes tear, from Latin acer "sharp" (see acrid) + olere "to smell" (see odor) + -in (see -ine (2)). With adjectival suffix + -ic. Modern senses often short for acrylic fiber, acrylic resin, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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acrylic in Science
  1. An acrylic resin.

  2. A paint containing acrylic resin.

  3. An acrylic fiber.

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