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

-chrome

noun combining form or adjective combining form
\ 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 My boss went across to Radio Shack and picked up a little Sanyo CD/cassette stereo, with a body made of pinewood with silver and chrome finishing details. Niko Stratis, SPIN, 19 Jan. 2022 There was just a long hill and a row of homes whose chrome fences glittered in the pre-dawn moonlight. Devin Kelly, Longreads, 19 Jan. 2022 This teaser image shows a thin taillight and chrome window trim, door handles, and wheels. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 18 Jan. 2022 Fox previously matched her husband-to-be in a chrome manicure from Nails of LA, which complemented her new diamond and emerald engagement ring, designed by Kelly. Glenn Garner, PEOPLE.com, 17 Jan. 2022 My tester also wears gleaming chrome trim and badging on the hood. Jeremy Taylor, Robb Report, 12 Jan. 2022 The breathtaking Cannes Film Fest winner Titane got our attention due to how its camera lingers over automobiles, along with the sci-fi concept of melding a human body with chrome. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 30 Dec. 2021 My review bike arrived in a lustrous Blue Slate Metallic paint scheme (+$500) with chrome pipes, a bright engine finish, black forks and spoked black wheels. Bill Roberson, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2021 Without exterior paintwork, leather or chrome, the concept car looks suitably futuristic and could launch in 2040, according to a news statement. CNN, 28 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb An extensive restoration was undertaken in 1968, and the car was finally handed down to the owner’s children in 2016, who commissioned a repaint in black, with accents that include copper brake drums and chrome accessories. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 2 Aug. 2021 The Tracker red and chrome 'Chopper' style bicycle is up for auction through East Bristol Auctions, and is expected to sell for between £20,000 and £30,000. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 14 July 2021 The new Lariat sport appearance package matches the Lariat model's bumpers, mirrors, and grille with the exterior color and equips chrome exhaust tips and black running boards. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, 8 Mar. 2021 After all, the two GT trims already share a distinct mesh grille design, chrome dual exhaust tips, and a unique flat-bottom steering wheel. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 30 June 2020 Red-carpet moment: Zendaya in a fuchsia Tom Ford chromed breastplate with matching jersey evening skirt at the Critics’ Choice Awards in January. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, 22 Jan. 2020 The team is planning to wear maroon pants, jerseys and chrome gold helmets. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, 7 Nov. 2019 In another scene, Taylor and Combs are chromed out in their Karl Kani matching sets. Nandi Howard, Essence, 5 Aug. 2019 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, 5 Oct. 2018

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Chrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chrome. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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