Definition of Acrylic

Acrylic resins, often called acrylics, are made by the polymerization of acrylates or other monomers containing the acrylic group. Acrylic compounds are thermoplastic (they soften or fuse when heated and reharden upon cooling), are impervious to water, and have low densities. These qualities make them suitable for the manufacture of a variety of objects and substances, including molded structural materials, adhesives, and textile fibers.

Such fibers are used to weave durable, easily laundered fabrics that resist shrinkage. It is a durable fiber with a soft, woolly feel. It has an uneven surface, making it different from most manufactured fibers. It comes in a variety of colors, and can be dyed easily. It is resistant to sun and chemicals.

Uses: Often used as a replacement for wool.

Derivation of Acrylic: Probably invented by some boffin on his/her day off.

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