What does chromatic mean?

Definitions for chromatic
kroʊˈmæt ɪk, krə-chro·mat·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chromaticadjective

    able to refract light without spectral color separation

    "chromatic lens"

  2. chromaticadjective

    based on a scale consisting of 12 semitones

    "a chromatic scale"

  3. chromaticadjective

    being or having or characterized by hue


  1. chromaticadjective

    Relating to or characterised by hue.

    Etymology: From χρῶμα.

  2. chromaticadjective

    Having the capacity to separate spectral colours by refraction.

    Etymology: From χρῶμα.

  3. chromaticadjective

    Regarding all twelve traditional Western pitch classes, regardless of temperament or intonation; Regarding entire sets of alternative pitch class systems.

    Etymology: From χρῶμα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chromaticadjective

    relating to color, or to colors

    Etymology: [L. chromaticus, Gr. , suited for color, fr. , , color; akin to color, skin, color of the skin.]

  2. Chromaticadjective

    proceeding by the smaller intervals (half steps or semitones) of the scale, instead of the regular intervals of the diatonic scale

    Etymology: [L. chromaticus, Gr. , suited for color, fr. , , color; akin to color, skin, color of the skin.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chromatic

    krō-mat′ik, adj. relating to colours: coloured: (mus.) relating to notes in a melodic progression, which are raised or lowered by accidentals, without changing the key of the passage, and also to chords in which such notes occur.—ns. Chrōm′ate, a salt of chromic acid; Chrōmat′ics, the science of colours.—v.t. Chrō′matise, to impregnate with a chromate.—ns. Chrōmatog′raphy, a treatise on colours; Chrōmatol′ogy, the science of colours, or a treatise thereon; Chrōmat′ophore, one of the pigment-cells in animals: one of the granules in protoplasm: one of the brightly coloured bead-like bodies in the oral disc of certain actinias, &c.; Chrōmatop′sia, coloured vision; Chrō′matrope, an arrangement in a magic-lantern by which effects like those of the kaleidoscope are produced; Chrō′matype, Chrō′motype, a photographic process by which a coloured impression of a picture is obtained.—adj. relating to the chromatype.—ns. Chrōme, Chrō′mium, a metal remarkable for the beautiful colours of its compounds.—adj. Chrōm′ic.—ns. Chrō′mite, a mineral consisting of oxide of chromium and iron; Chrō′mo-lith′ograph, or merely Chrō′mo, a lithograph printed in colours; Chrō′molithog′raphy; Chrō′mosphere, a layer of incandescent red gas surrounding the sun through which the light of the photosphere passes—also Chrōmat′osphere; Chrō′mo-typog′raphy, typography in colours; Chrō′mo-xy′lograph, a picture printed in colours from wooden blocks; Chrō′mo-xylog′raphy.—Chromatic scale, a scale proceeding by semitones; Chromic acid, an acid of chromium, of an orange-red colour, much used in dyeing and bleaching. [Gr. chrōmatikoschrōma, colour.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chromatic in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chromatic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of chromatic in a Sentence

  1. Peter Anderson:

    Randy Wolfe did not create the descending chromatic scale.

  2. Bevil Conway:

    What's happening here is your visual system is looking at this thing, and you're trying to discount the chromatic bias of the daylight axis, so people either discount the blue side, in which case they end up seeing white and gold, or discount the gold side, in which case they end up with blue and black.

  3. Vladan Kuzmanović:

    Sabism is a thematic pallet, philosophical colourism, chromatic signature and dual art, soft scale, poetics of attractiveness, mythologism, actual value, logism of color, active color, logical panel.

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