chrome

noun
\ ˈkrōm \

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

The interior was Black Nappa Leather, with satin chrome on the door handles, door armrests, across the lower dash, around the spoked circular air vents, on the center console, and on the speaker grilles. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Kia’s all-new 2018 Stinger sport sedan offers premium features, performance | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 12 May 2018 Then, there are four multi-reflective pearls, a formula that combines the best qualities of duo-chrome and metallic shadows. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "If You Buy Only One Palette This Year, Make It This," 29 Nov. 2018 The chrome and black Proctor Silex 2-Slice Cool-Wall Toaster is a bare-bones model. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "Proctor Silex 2-Slice Cool-Wall Toaster #22608Y," 22 Aug. 2013 The design of the menu and the chrome on the walls — the Wines hired future green architecture star William McDonough for the project — were meant to evoke a 1950s diner, but chicken nuggets and a root beer float cost $23. Jay Cheshes, Town & Country, "Caviar and Cocaine," 6 Feb. 2013 Painted in a pale moss green with chrome stools, checkerboard floor, weathered beams and lathes artfully exposed to show off the plaster, the bright space reminded me of an Eastern seashore diner as imagined in a Gene Kelly musical. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "From hot ramen to hotter hot pot: 30 restaurant openings in Seattle and on the Eastside," 28 Nov. 2018 In towering platform boots from speciality brand, Pleaser Shoes Gaga defied gravity with a whopping 8’inch heel accented with an overlay of chrome. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Lady Gaga’s Latest Heels Have to Be Seen to Be Believed," 29 Aug. 2018 The sculpted body has a windswept appearance, and the rear is sleeker, with sharper cuts and a chrome trim piece running between the taillights. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Buick redesigns the Enclave crossover for 2018, adding high-end Avenir trim | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 21 Apr. 2018 The main difference is that the chrome disk of a gadget also has two-way audio and a built-in camera that captures its surroundings though a 150-degree wide-angle lens camera. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "App-controlled, video smart lock is like a personal doorman," 8 Oct. 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 \

Kids Definition of chrome

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

chrome

noun
\ ˈkrōm \

Medical Definition of chrome

1 : chromium
2 : a chromium pigment

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