chromium-plated or other bright metallic trim, as on an automobile.
(of dyeing) the dichromate of potassium or sodium.
Photography. a positive color transparency; kodachrome.
verb (used with object), chromed, chroming.
(of dyeing) to subject to a bath of dichromate of potassium or sodium.
to plate (metal) with a compound of chromium.
to treat or tan (a hide or leather) with a chromium compound.

1790–1800; < French < Greek chrôma color; (in defs 1, 2, 6, 7) shortened form of chromium

multichrome, noun
unchromed, adjective Unabridged


variant of chrom- as the final element of a compound word: polychrome. Unabridged
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chrome (krəʊm)
1.  a.  another word for chromium, esp when present in a pigment or dye
 b.  (as modifier): a chrome dye
2.  anything plated with chromium, such as fittings on a car body
3.  a pigment or dye that contains chromium
4.  to plate or be plated with chromium, usually by electroplating
5.  to treat or be treated with a chromium compound, as in dyeing or tanning
[C19: via French from Greek khrōma colour]

adj combining form, —n combining form
colour, coloured, or pigment: monochrome
[from Greek khrōma colour]

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Word Origin & History

1800, from Fr., coined 1797 by Fr. chemist Nicolas-Louis Vauquelin (1763-1829), from Gk. khroma "color," because it makes colorful compounds. Originally the name given to the metal chromium; as a short form of chromium plating it dates from 1937.
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Medical Dictionary

chrome (krōm)
Chromium, especially as a source of pigment.

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Computing Dictionary

chrome definition

(From automotive slang via wargaming) Showy features added to attract users but contributing little or nothing to the power of a system.
"The 3D icons in Motif are just chrome, but they certainly are *pretty* chrome!"
Chrome is distinguished from bells and whistles by the fact that the latter are usually added to gratify developers' own desires for featurefulness. Often used as a term of contempt and sometimes used in conjunction with 'fluff', "all the fluff and chrome that comes with Motif".
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Example sentences
Maroon top and gray bottom with chrome return and trim.
He wears short beige shorts, and he keeps two hunting rifles, a shotgun and a
  shiny chrome revolver in his gun cabinet.
It had hood scoops, rumbling exhausts, and chrome wheels.
Tendrils of smoke curled from the peat ground cover and floated into the chrome
  yellow sky.
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