Definition of acrylic in English:

acrylic

Line breaks: acryl¦ic
Pronunciation: /əˈkrɪlɪk
 
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adjective

1(Of synthetic resins and textile fibres) made from polymers of acrylic acid or acrylates: a red acrylic jumper
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  • Six families were evacuated from their homes as the blaze destroyed a spinning room and warehouse full of acrylic fibres.
  • Synthetic stuccos consist of sand suspended in a mixture of acrylic polymer, latex and pigments.
  • The fuel is a coating of an acrylic polymer or a droplet of water that sits on the foil.
1.1(Of paint) based on acrylic resin as a medium: acrylic colours
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  • Sculpted of polyurethane resin and acrylic paint, the tableau rests on a shallow platform about 23 feet long and 14 feet wide.
  • The gallery will present his reproductions painted in not only watercolor, but also gouache and acrylic paints.
  • Altered with gesso, acrylic paint, black and flesh-pink tar gel as well as collage, the pages of her diary were installed along a wall in a four-part grid.

noun

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1 [mass noun] An acrylic textile fibre: a sweater in four-ply acrylic
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  • Made from a blend of virgin wool, acrylic and polyester, this jersey will surely yield a perfect fit.
  • Are we depleting our supplies of rayon and acrylic?
  • The canopy on an F - 18 Hornet is made of stretched acrylic.
2 (often acrylics) An acrylic paint: she paints mainly in acrylics [mass noun]: washes of white acrylic
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  • Nai focuses on flowers and paints in a variety of media, including watercolors, gouache, acrylics, oils and tempera.
  • Levine has been a lifelong artist who deals with the abstract in his photography, watercolors, oils, acrylics, mixed media and metal sculpture.
  • The company deals in originals, oils, acrylics, watercolors and serigraphs.

Origin

mid 19th century: from the liquid aldehyde acrolein (from Latin acer, acri- 'pungent' + ol(eum) 'oil' + -in1) + -yl + -ic.

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