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a·cryl·ic / əˈkrilik/ • adj. (of synthetic resins and textile fibers) made from polymers of acrylic acid. ∎  of, relating to, or denoting paints based on acrylic resin as a medium. • n. 1. an acrylic textile fiber. 2. (often acrylics) an acrylic paint.

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acrylic Type of plastic, one of a group of synthetic, short-chain, unsaturated carboxylic acid derivatives. Variation in the reagents and the method of formation yields either hard and transparent, soft and resilient, or liquid products. Their toughness and dimensional stability make acrylics useful for moulded structural parts, lenses, adhesives and paints.

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acrylic, artificial fiber made from a special group of vinyl compounds, primarily acrylonitrile. Acrylic fibers are thermoplastic (i.e., soften when heated, reharden upon cooling), have low moisture regain, are low in density, and can be made into bulky fabrics. They wash and dry easily and are dimensionally stable. They are resistant to bleaches, dilute acids, and alkalies, and to weathering and microbiological attack.