Let's Compare Acrylic and Polystyrene


Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) is a transparent thermoplastic, often used as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass.

acrylic n 1: polymerized from acrylonitrile [syn: {acrylic fiber}] 2: a glassy thermoplastic; can be cast and molded or used in coatings and adhesives [syn: {acrylic resin}, {acrylate resin}] 3: used especially by artists [syn: {acrylic paint}] 4: a synthetic fabric

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "acrylic": Bakelite, Buna, Celluloid, Formica, Lucite, Mylar, PVC, Perspex, Plexiglas, Styrofoam, Teflon, acetate, acetate nitrate, alkyd, aminoplast, casein plastic, cellophane, cellulose acetate, cellulose ether, cellulose nitrate, cellulosic, coumarone-indene, epoxy, fluorocarbon plastic, furane, lignin, melamine, multiresin, neoprene, nitrate, nylon, phenolic urea, polyester, polymeric amide, polypropylene, polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride, resinoid, silicone resin, tetrafluoroethylene, urea, urea formaldehyde, vinyl

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 Webster +PJC] 2. same as {acrylic resin}. [PJC] 3. same as {acrylic fiber}. [PJC] 4. a paint in which the pigment is suspended in a solution of an {acrylic resin}, which dries to a hard film on exposure to air. [PJC] 5. a painting made using an acrylic paint. [PJC]


Polystyrene (PS) () is a synthetic aromatic polymer made from the monomer styrene, a liquid petrochemical.

polystyrene n : a polymer of styrene; a rigid transparent thermoplastic; "expanded polystyrene looks like a rigid white foam and is used as packing or insulation"

Data Sources:

  • acrylic: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • acrylic: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • acrylic: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • polystyrene: WordNet (r) 2.0

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