poly·​chro·​mat·​ic | \ ˌpä-lē-krō-ˈma-tik How to pronounce polychromatic (audio) \

Definition of polychromatic

1 : showing a variety or a change of colors : multicolored
2 : being or relating to radiation that is composed of more than one wavelength

Examples of polychromatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The treatment is capped off with polychromatic LED light therapy. Lesleymck, Variety, 13 Oct. 2021 The amplifier is designed, engineered and built in the UK and has the unmistakable polychromatic spherical controls which are used to select the power and gain controls. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 While requisite health protocols, including a ban on spectators, have sapped the Games of both color and human connection, the stores have become a substitute arena of polychromatic cultural discovery for some. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2021 Sculptures in both civilizations were also richly polychromatic; their colors washed away with time or scrubbed clean by misinformed restorers in later centuries. Steven Litt, cleveland, 23 July 2021 Look through it and into the two drapes behind, and is as if the viewer’s vision is being filtered three times over resulting in an abyssal, polychromatic illusion. Seth Combs Writer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2021 The show fills in all the blanks and takes place in a polychromatic 1948 that suggests the Technicolor melodramas of Douglas Sirk. Darren Franich, EW.com, 14 Sep. 2020 Known as la fioritura, this annual flowering creates a stunning polychromatic visual across the plateau of Castelluccio di Norcia in the Umbria region of the country. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 14 July 2020 The seemingly polychromatic image is actually black-and-white, overlaid with a thin multicolored grid. Stephen Macknik, Scientific American, 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of polychromatic

circa 1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for polychromatic

Greek polychrōmatos, from poly- + chrōmat-, chrōma color — more at chromatic

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“Polychromatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/polychromatic. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for polychromatic


poly·​chro·​mat·​ic | \ -krō-ˈmat-ik How to pronounce polychromatic (audio) \

Medical Definition of polychromatic

1 : showing a variety or a change of colors
2 of a cell or tissue : exhibiting polychromatophilia


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