a word formed from the initial letters or groups of letters of words in a set phrase or series of words and pronounced as a separate word, as Wac from Women’s Army Corps, OPEC from Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or loran from long-range navigation.
a set of initials representing a name, organization, or the like, with each letter pronounced separately; an .
to make an acronym of:
The committee’s name has been acronymed MIKE.
a pronounceable name made up of a series of initial letters or parts of words; for example, UNESCO for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization
word formed from the first letters of a series of words, 1943, American English coinage from acro- + -onym “name” (abstracted from homonym; see name (n.)). But for cabalistic esoterica and acrostic poetry, the practice was practically non-existent before 20c.
A word formed by combining the beginning letters of a name or phrase, as in WASP for white Anglo-Saxon Protestant, or by combining the initial syllables of a series of words, as in radar, which stands for radio detecting and ranging.
Note: Acronyms are often less clumsy than the complete expressions they represent and are easier to write and remember.
- Acrylic acid
a colorless, corrosive liquid, C 3 H 4 O 2 , having an acrid odor, usually derived from acrolein by oxidation: used especially in the synthesis of acrylic resins. noun a colourless corrosive pungent liquid, miscible with water, used in the manufacture of acrylic resins. Formula: CH2:CHCOOH Systematic name propenoic acid acrylic acid A colorless, […]
- Acrylic ester
any of a series of esters derived from the acrylic acids. Historical Examples It forms an addition product with acrylic ester, which on heating loses nitrogen and leaves trimethylene dicarboxylic ester. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4 Various
- Acrylic fiber
any of the group of synthetic textile fibers, as Orlon, made by the polymerization of acrylonitrile as the principal component with one or more other monomers. acrylic fiber Any of numerous synthetic fibers polymerized from acrylonitrile.
- Acrylic fibre
noun a textile fibre, such as Orlon or Acrilan, produced from acrylonitrile