Definitions for: Chromatic


[adj] being or having or characterized by hue
[adj] (music) based on a scale consisting of 12 semitones; "a chromatic scale"
[adj] able to refract light without spectral color separation; "chromatic lens"



Webster (1913) Definition: Chro*mat"ic, a. [L. chromaticus, Gr. ?, suited for
color, fr. ?, ?, color; akin to ? color, ? skin, color of the
skin.]
1. Relating to color, or to colors.

2. (Mus.) Proceeding by the smaller intervals (half steps or
semitones) of the scale, instead of the regular intervals
of the diatonic scale.

Note: The intermediate tones were formerly written and
printed in colors.

Chromatic aberration. (Opt.) See Aberration, 4.

Chromatic printing, printing from type or blocks covered
with inks of various colors.

Chromatic scale (Mus.), the scale consisting of thirteen
tones, including the eight scale tones and the five
intermediate tones.

Synonyms: amber, amethyst, aureate, avocado, azure, beige, blae, blood-red, blue, blue-green, blueish, bluish, bluish green, blushful, bottle-green, bright blue, bronze, bronzy, brown, brownish, brownish-orange, brownish-red, brownish-yellow, buff, canary, canary-yellow, caramel, caramel brown, carmine, carnation, cerise, cerulean, chartreuse, cherry, cherry-red, Chinese-red, chukker-brown, cinnabar, copper colored, coppery, coral, creamy, cress green, cresson, crimson, cyan, dark-blue, dark-brown, dark-green, dun, earthlike, fuscous, gilded, gilt, gold, golden, green, greenish, hazel, honey, jade, jade-green, khaki, lavender, light-blue, light-green, lilac, magenta, maroon, mauve, moss green, mosslike, mosstone, mossy, mouse-colored, mouselike, mousy, mummy-brown, musciform, ocher, ochre, olive, olive-brown, olive-drab, orange, orangish, peacock-blue, pea-green, pink, pinkish, powder blue, purple, purplish, red, reddish, rosaceous, rose, roseate, rose-red, rosy, ruby, ruby-red, ruddy, russet, rust, rusty, sage, sage-green, sapphire, scarlet, sea-green, sky-blue, snuff, snuff-brown, sorrel, stone, straw, tan, tangerine, tannish, taupe, tawny, teal, ultramarine, umber, vermilion, vermillion, violet, watercress, xanthous, yellow, yellow-brown, yellow-green, yellowish

Antonyms: achromatic, diatonic

See Also: chestnut, colored, colorful, coloured, in color(p)

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