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chrome

[krohm] /kroʊm/
noun
1.
2.
chromium-plated or other bright metallic trim, as on an automobile.
3.
(of dyeing) the dichromate of potassium or sodium.
4.
Photography. a positive color transparency; kodachrome.
verb (used with object), chromed, chroming.
5.
(of dyeing) to subject to a bath of dichromate of potassium or sodium.
6.
to plate (metal) with a compound of chromium.
7.
to treat or tan (a hide or leather) with a chromium compound.
Origin of chrome
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French < Greek chrôma color; (in defs 1, 2, 6, 7) shortened form of chromium
Related forms
multichrome, noun
unchromed, adjective

-chrome

1.
variant of chrom- as the final element of a compound word:
polychrome.
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Examples from the Web for chrome
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  • Mr. chrome took Paul in his arms, and lifted him into it as if he was but a child.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin
  • Mr. chrome, who loved to hunt and fish, brought quails and pigeons.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin
  • Paul was on his way to Mr. chrome's shop, to begin work for the day.

    Winning His Way

    Charles Carleton Coffin
  • Like the chrome molybdate it would be superfluous as a pigment.

    Field's Chromatography George Field
  • chrome listened placidly and without impatience of any kind.

    Under Fire Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for chrome

chrome

/krəʊm/
noun
1.
  1. another word for chromium, esp when present in a pigment or dye
  2. (as modifier): a chrome dye
2.
anything plated with chromium, such as fittings on a car body
3.
a pigment or dye that contains chromium
verb
4.
to plate or be plated with chromium, usually by electroplating
5.
to treat or be treated with a chromium compound, as in dyeing or tanning
Word Origin
C19: via French from Greek khrōma colour

-chrome

combining form, combining form
1.
colour, coloured, or pigment: monochrome
Word Origin
from Greek khrōma colour
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Word Origin and History for chrome
n.

1800, "chromium," from French chrome, the name proposed by Fourcroy and Haüy for a new element, from Greek khroma "color" (see chroma); so called because it makes colorful compounds. The name was given to the metallic element now known as chromium (which had been isolated 1798 by French chemist Nicolas-Louis Vauquelin); it continued in commercial use in English for "chrome steel" (steel with 2 percent or so chrome) after the chemical name was changed internationally. As a short form of chromium plating it dates from 1937. Related: Chromic.

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chrome in Medicine

chrome (krōm)
n.
Chromium, especially as a source of pigment.

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