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[krohm] /kroʊm/
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.
Origin of chrome
1790-1800; < French < Greek chrôma color; (in defs 1, 2, 6, 7) shortened form of chromium
Related forms
multichrome, noun
unchromed, adjective


variant of chrom- as the final element of a compound word:
polychrome. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for chrome
  • 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.
  • Fabulous new paint, new chrome and stainless steel big bore exhaust system.
  • Three crystalline liquor bottles glint in the sunlight refracted by a chrome lamp.
  • Its overall look is rougher, with less chrome and gloss, and more dirt and ash.
  • Customers sat in old chrome seats with their heads tilted back, while barbers in white smocks trimmed their hair.
  • chrome bags are usually pricey, but they are also expected to last forever.
  • The chrome ledge at the bottom is less-prominent compared to past models.
British Dictionary definitions for chrome


  1. another word for chromium, esp when present in a pigment or dye
  2. (as modifier): a chrome dye
anything plated with chromium, such as fittings on a car body
a pigment or dye that contains chromium
to plate or be plated with chromium, usually by electroplating
to treat or be treated with a chromium compound, as in dyeing or tanning
Word Origin
C19: via French from Greek khrōma colour


combining form, combining form
colour, coloured, or pigment: monochrome
Word Origin
from Greek khrōma colour
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Word Origin and History for chrome

1800, "chromium," from French chrome, the name proposed by Fourcroy and Haüy for a new element, from Greek khroma "color" (see chroma); so called because it makes colorful compounds. The name was given to the metallic element now known as chromium (which had been isolated 1798 by French chemist Nicolas-Louis Vauquelin); it continued in commercial use in English for "chrome steel" (steel with 2 percent or so chrome) after the chemical name was changed internationally. As a short form of chromium plating it dates from 1937. Related: Chromic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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chrome in Medicine

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

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chrome in Technology

(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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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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