- \ \  Acrylic was based ultimately on acrolein , the name of a very pungent poisonous organic compound. This in turn was formed from Latin acer ‘sharp, pungent’ (source of English acrid) and olere ‘smell’.
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Acrylic — A*cryl ic, a. 1. (Chem.) Of or containing acryl, the hypothetical radical of which acrolein is the hydride; as, acrylic acid. The characteristic residue in an acrylic compound is the carbonyl group attached directly to an ethylenic carbon. [1913… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Acrylic — may refer to: * chemical compounds that contain the acryl group derived from acrylic acid * Acrylic fiber, a synthetic polymer fiber that contains at least 85% acrylonitrile * Acrylic paint, fast drying paint containing pigment suspended in an… … Wikipedia
acrylic — [ə kril′ik] adj. [ ACR(OLEIN) + YL + IC] 1. of or pertaining to acrylic acid or products made of it 2. designating or of a series of olefin acids with the general formula CnH2n 2O2 3. designating or of an acrylic resin product (paint, fiber,… … English World dictionary
acrylic — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of or relating to polymers of acrylic acid, an organic acid used in making synthetic resins. ► NOUN ▪ acrylic paint or textile fabric. ORIGIN from Latin acer pungent + oleum oil … English terms dictionary
acrylic — (adj.) 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 L. acer sharp (see ACRID (Cf. acrid)) + olere to smell (see ODOR (Cf. odor)) + in (see INE (Cf … Etymology dictionary
acrylic — I. adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary acrolein + yl + 1 ic Date: 1855 1. of or relating to acrylic acid or its derivatives < acrylic polymers > 2. made or consisting of an acrylic < an acrylic window > II … New Collegiate Dictionary
acrylic — /əˈkrɪlɪk / (say uh krilik) adjective 1. of or relating to fibres formed by the polymerisation of acrylonitrile. 2. of or relating to fabrics woven from such fibres. 3. of or relating to items such as pieces of furniture, tableware, etc., made… … Australian English dictionary
acrylic — Denoting certain synthetic plastic resins derived from a. acid. SEE ALSO: a. resin. * * * acryl·ic ə kril ik adj of or relating to acrylic acid or its derivatives <acrylic polymers> acrylic n ACRYLIC RESIN * * * acryl·ic (< … Medical dictionary
acrylic — adj. & n. adj. 1 of material made with a synthetic polymer derived from acrylic acid. 2 Chem. of or derived from acrylic acid. n. an acrylic fibre. Phrases and idioms: acrylic acid a pungent liquid organic acid. Usage: Chem. formula: C3H4O2… … Useful english dictionary
acrylic — UK [əˈkrɪlɪk] / US noun Word forms acrylic : singular acrylic plural acrylics 1) a) [uncountable] a substance made by a chemical process, used for making many different things, for example fibres for cloth and paint b) [only before noun] made of… … English dictionary
acrylic — a•cryl•ic [[t]əˈkrɪl ɪk[/t]] adj. 1) chem. of or derived from acrylic acid 2) chem. tex acrylic fiber 3) chem. acrylic resin 4) cvb fia a paint with an acrylic resin as vehicle 5) cvb fia a painting done in acrylic • Etymology: 1855–60; acr… … From formal English to slang