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ACRYLIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does acrylic mean? 

ACRYLIC (noun)
  The noun ACRYLIC has 4 senses:

1. polymerized from acrylonitrile
2. a glassy thermoplastic; can be cast and molded or used in coatings and adhesives
3. used especially by artists
4. a synthetic fabric

  Familiarity information: ACRYLIC used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ACRYLIC (noun)


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Meaning:

Polymerized from acrylonitrile

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

acrylic; acrylic fiber

Hypernyms ("acrylic" is a kind of...):

man-made fiber; synthetic fiber (created from natural materials or by chemical processes)


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Meaning:

A glassy thermoplastic; can be cast and molded or used in coatings and adhesives

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Synonyms:

acrylate resin; acrylic resin; acrylic

Hypernyms ("acrylic" is a kind of...):

synthetic resin (a resin having a polymeric structure; especially a resin in the raw state; used chiefly in plastics)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "acrylic"):

Acrilan; polypropenonitrile (acrylic resin used to make a strong soft crease-resistant fabric (trade name Acrilan))

polymethyl methacrylate (a transparent plastic used as a substitute for glass)


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Meaning:

Used especially by artists

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

acrylic paint; acrylic

Hypernyms ("acrylic" is a kind of...):

paint (a substance used as a coating to protect or decorate a surface (especially a mixture of pigment suspended in a liquid); dries to form a hard coating)


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Meaning:

A synthetic fabric

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("acrylic" is a kind of...):

cloth; fabric; material; textile (artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "acrylic"):

Courtelle (an acrylic fabric resembling wool)

Orlon (an acrylic fiber or the lightweight crease-resistant fabric made with Orlon yarns)


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