Adjective "acrylic" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


(of synthetic resins and textile fibres) made from polymers of acrylic acid or acrylates.
  1. 'This crack filler contains river sand in an acrylic polymer, which first appears milky white but dries clear and leaves only the speckled colored sand exposed.'
  2. 'We developed several outdoor projects with an acrylic fabric often used for boat covers because it's resistant to mildew, water, and fading and it can be cleaned with a hose.'
  3. 'All of the cloth bags are held together by an acrylic cord, and are stored in the cartridge case.'
  4. 'It is used in the synthesis of acrylic fibers used in the manufacture of clothing.'
  5. 'Synthetic blends such as olefin and acrylic fibers draw moisture away from the body better than cotton, preventing chills.'
  6. 'Although these hobby weavers were using acrylic yarns, their skills caught the eye of expert weaver Rachel Brown when she came to the area to teach a spinning class.'
  7. 'It's a superwash wool and acrylic blend that I've used before, so I know it won't shrink.'
  8. 'Six families were evacuated from their homes as the blaze destroyed a spinning room and warehouse full of acrylic fibres.'
  9. 'Wool is much warmer than cotton or acrylic fibers, probably because it comes from animals, and biology usually knows what it's doing.'
  10. 'There's a knit, fleece, cotton, or acrylic warmer waiting for you.'
  11. 'acrylic colours'
  12. 'I painted the bevel with a mix of acrylic paint in a dark blue color to match the sky in the etching.'
  13. 'With a light touch, fill in the design with acrylic paints or watercolors; create light and dark areas to give the image depth.'
  14. 'Paint on your colors using acrylic paints (test pots are ideal and come in a variety of colors).'
  15. 'These water based acrylic paints are quick drying and easy to use.'
  16. 'The acrylic paint is solid, the color even, giving the arcs a heft almost equal to that of the stone and plaster around them.'
  17. 'Children under 10 may be encouraged to paint faces rather than carving them, using poster paints or acrylic paints.'
  18. 'Starr's basic method for the past couple of years has been to pour acrylic paint - many gallons of it - directly into a variety of big, industrial sponges.'
  19. 'Using acrylic paint and glass medium, paint your design on the tile (or the underside for better protection).'
  20. 'They then painted the outlines of their face and facial features with a dark color of acrylic paint, tracing their pencil sketch through the Plexiglas.'
  21. 'At my request, the painters use just three colors of acrylic paint (tempera paint or oil pastels would do nicely, too).'


An acrylic textile fibre.
  1. 'So I just made my own out of acrylic, and it works exactly the same.'
  2. 'Opt for a blend of wool and acrylic, usually a 50/50 split.'
  3. 'It's not that I have anything against acrylic, I just prefer to knit with natural fibers.'
  4. 'Made from a blend of virgin wool, acrylic and polyester, this jersey will surely yield a perfect fit.'
  5. 'They aim to knit one square per knitter, per week - that's about 2 hours work per square - but they need more yarn: wool or acrylic is fine.'
  6. 'The canopy on an F - 18 Hornet is made of stretched acrylic.'
  7. 'Most of the yarns were classic yarns in wool, acrylic, cotton, alpaca, etc.'
  8. 'As Judith notes, it is challenging to dye acrylic & probably not worth the trouble.'
An acrylic paint.
  1. mass noun 'washes of white acrylic'
  2. 'Anna Peters's work, by comparison, is a lot looser, cartoony drawings on paper plates, paper, acrylic on canvas are jokey one shot reflexive gags.'
  3. 'Starting by recreating old maps and lithographs, she moved on to a more vivid and free form of expression in paint through acrylics, water colours, and charcoal.'
  4. 'The show featured a bouquet of oils, acrylics, watercolors and pastels and a mix of colorful springtime florals and landscapes.'
  5. 'Susan does yoga and paints with acrylics on canvas, doing portraits, still lifes, and landscapes.'
  6. 'Rachael says initially she uses different layers of acrylic to build up a painted surface on the canvas, a layered process of paint and latex.'
  7. 'He paints in oils and acrylics with a unique sense of color and shape.'
  8. 'You might substitute another medium for tempera paint, such as acrylics, watercolors, oil pastels or chalk pastels.'
  9. 'Scissors Jack ‘For Jean’ is a striding, confident acrylic on canvas of almost 8 by 12 feet.'
  10. 'She worked originally as a sculptor, later going into oil painting and has spent the last 25 years working in transparent watercolor and acrylics.'
  11. 'Each of the works shown is 50 x 50 inches, both acrylic on canvas, with a suggested retail of $15,000.'

More definitions

1. of or derived from acrylic acid. noun

2. acrylic fiber.

3. acrylic resin.

4. a paint, prepared especially for artists, in which an acrylic resin serves as a vehicle.

5. a painting done with this type of paint: She sold several acrylics during the show.

More examples(as adjective)

"stands can be acrylic."

"esters can be acrylic."


Mid 19th century: from the liquid aldehyde acrolein (from Latin acer, acri- ‘pungent’ + ol(eum) ‘oil’ + -in)+ -yl + -ic.