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chrome

noun \ ˈkrōm \
|Updated on: 13 Jul 2018

Definition of chrome

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

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Origin and Etymology of chrome

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.

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chrome

verb

Definition of chrome

chromed; chroming
1 : to treat with a compound of chromium (as in dyeing)
2 : chromize

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Origin and Etymology of chrome

derivative of 1chrome


-chrome

noun combining form or adjective combining form \ ˌkrōm \

Definition of -chrome

1 : colored thing
  • heliochrome
2 : coloring matter
  • urochrome

Origin and Etymology of -chrome

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.


CHROME Defined for English Language Learners

chrome

Definition of chrome for English Language Learners

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


CHROME Defined for Kids

chrome

noun \ ˈkrōm \

Definition of chrome for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

chrome

noun \ ˈkrōm \

medical Definition of chrome

1 : chromium
2 : a chromium pigment


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