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[kroh-mat-iks, kruh-] /kroʊˈmæt ɪks, krə-/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the science of colors.
Also called chromatology.
Origin of chromatics
First recorded in 1700-10; See origin at chromatic, -ics
Related forms
[kroh-muh-tist] /ˈkroʊ mə tɪst/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • chromatics, like little tongues of flame, appear in the accompaniment.

  • Again he becomes almost modern in his employment of chromatics.

    How Music Developed W. J. Henderson
  • And she ran up her chromatics in a voice rich and strong and clear.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • She weeps and wails in chromatics and scales that quite touch Arsaces.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • It rides over and under and around hurricanes of chromatics and tremolos.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • Tremolos and chromatics descend upon the orchestra like a storm of hail and rain that almost drown the singers' voices.

    Stars of the Opera Mabel Wagnalls
  • These slid into chromatics, rising, beating up to lose themselves in one vast chord of agony supreme.

    Their Son; The Necklace

    Eduardo Zamacois
  • These persons have minor voices, make great use of chromatics in speaking, and their affections seem to be situated in the liver.

  • These chromatics should be emphasized, as they are a feature of the 129 passage and form gems of harmonization.

  • Presumably the chromatics had reduced the listener to a condition of helpless despair.

    The Daughters of a Genius Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
British Dictionary definitions for chromatics


(functioning as sing) the science of colour
Derived Forms
chromatist (ˈkrəʊmətɪst), chromatologist, noun
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