chrome

noun
\ ˈkrōm How to pronounce chrome (audio) \

Definition of chrome

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : chromium
b : a chromium pigment
2 : something plated with an alloy of chromium

chrome

verb
chromed; chroming

Definition of chrome (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to treat with a compound of chromium (as in dyeing)
2 : chromize
\ ˌkrōm\

Definition of -chrome (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : colored thing heliochrome
2 : coloring matter urochrome

Examples of chrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That’s true of most steels, but not of stainless steel that has a high chrome-nickel content. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk: Why I'm Building the Starship out of Stainless Steel," 22 Jan. 2019 Some have noted a sort of pastiche effect in the G70’s styling—a little of the Infiniti Q50 here, a lot of the Alfa Romeo Giulia there, a ventral chrome accent nearly plagiarized from the BMW. Dan Neil, WSJ, "Genesis G70: A Hyundai Spinoff You Can Proudly Drive," 12 Dec. 2018 Reflecting its ostensibly sporty positioning, the Corolla hatchback will be offered only in SE and XSE trims, both featuring dramatic horizontal LED headlamps and taillamps and chrome exhaust tips. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: iM Just a Corolla Now," 23 Mar. 2018 Select a range of simple yet elegant glasses and plates with unexpected details in warm metallics that offer an updated alternative to the classic (but sometimes chilly) midcentury chrome. Heather Corcoran, ELLE Decor, "How to Bring Old Hollywood Into Your Home," 19 Mar. 2019 No ordinary white kitchen—nor the standard chrome appliances that often go with it—would do. Jennifer Fernandez, House Beautiful, "This Manhattan Kitchen Has the Most Surprising Stove," 7 Mar. 2019 Other styling changes include the appearance of a horizontal blade within the lower air intakes, slightly reworked taillamps, new chrome quad tailpipes, and a bolder-looking diffuser treatment below the bumper. Steve Siler, Car and Driver, "2019 Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan, Coupe, and Cabriolet," 29 Mar. 2018 So the whole thing will still look fully chrome, like this cocktail shaker in front of us. Ryan D'agostino, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk: Why I'm Building the Starship out of Stainless Steel," 22 Jan. 2019 Shiny silver chrome and brushed nickel are too close that their pairing will look accidental and clash-y, not intentional. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "3 Design "Rules" You Don't Need To Follow Anymore," 15 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Use these eye and lip crayons as pops of color for eyeliner, smokey eyes, chromed out lips, or a full monochromatic look! Marci Robin, Allure, "Fenty Beauty Announces Chill Owt Holiday Makeup Collection," 5 Oct. 2018 The result is a big beautiful box, chromed out and leather-padded and severely cushioned and covered all over by the classic Vuitton monogram. Sam Schube, GQ, "Louis Vuitton’s World Cup Gear Is Once-Every-Four-Years Luxurious," 17 May 2018 Inside, there are ribbons of wood and chromed surfaces, and lots of technology — such as a 12.3-inch screen that displays all manner of information, including a 360-degree exterior view of the car that's beamed from an array of cameras. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "The Genesis G90 is a luxurious opening act for the new brand — and definitely not a Hyundai," 11 May 2018 Both body styles wear LED lighting, front and rear, and chromed dual-exhaust tips integrated into the rear bumpers. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "2018 Mercedes-Benz C-class Coupe and Cabriolet," 23 Feb. 2018 The brand also has a dizzying array of polishes that includes cool colors, chromed-out metallics, and funky glitters—all of which are five-free, cruelty-free, and vegan. Sophia Panych, Allure, "17 Cruelty-Free Brands You Need to Know," 1 Nov. 2017 The company’s new Windows 10 S system, which the company showed off Tuesday, looks like a direct competitor to Chrome OS, the operating system that powers Google’s low-cost Chromebooks. Hayley Tsukayama, The Denver Post, "Microsoft wants to get its products into your kids’ classrooms," 7 May 2017

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First Known Use of chrome

Noun

1800, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1876, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chrome

Noun

borrowed from French chrôme, borrowed from Greek chrôma "color" — more at -chrome

Note: Name introduced by the French chemist Louis Nicolas Vauquelin (1763-1829) in "Du plomb rouge de Sibérie, et expériences sur le nouveau métal qu'il contient," Journal des mines, Messidor, An V [vol. 6, June-July, 1797], pp. 737-60. Vauquelin notes that a word meaning "color"—originally suggested to him by the mineralogist René-Just Haüy—is fitting for the metal not because it has a distinctive color itself, but because the combinations into which it enters with oxygen (as a green oxide and red acid) are remarkable for their colors.

Verb

derivative of chrome entry 1

Noun combining form or adjective combining form

borrowed from Greek -chrōmos "having a color (of the kind specified by the initial element)," adjective derivative of chrōmat-, chrôma "skin, complexion, color," from chrō- (the base of an s-stem *chrowos-, whence chrṓs "surface of the body, skin, flesh, complexion, color," of obscure origin) + -ma, resultative noun suffix

Note: The form *chrowos- is reconstructed on the basis of Mycenaean a-ko-ro-we-e "without spots" (or "of one color"). While chrṓs can be contracted directly from a nominative *chrowṓs, the Homeric accusative chróa, genitive chroós assume *chrowós-a, *chrowos-ós, with hyphaeresis of the second vowel of the stem.

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chrome

noun

English Language Learners Definition of chrome

: a type of metal that is used to cover other metals in order to make them shiny

chrome

noun
\ ˈkrōm How to pronounce chrome (audio) \

Kids Definition of chrome

1 : chromium
2 : something plated with an alloy of chromium

chrome

noun
\ ˈkrōm How to pronounce chrome (audio) \

Medical Definition of chrome

1 : chromium
2 : a chromium pigment

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