pertaining to color or colors.
involving a modification of the normal scale by the use of accidentals.
progressing by semitones, especially to a tone having the same letter name, as in C to C sharp.
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- chro·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
- non·chro·mat·ic, adjective
- non·chro·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
- un·chro·mat·ic, adjective
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How to use chromatic in a sentence
If you’re doodling on a page and you draw a linear hypergraph, its chromatic index will probably be far less than its number of vertices.
While Erdős, Faber and Lovász knew about these three extreme hypergraphs, they didn’t know if there were any others that also have the maximum chromatic index.
Complete graphs with an odd number of vertices have the maximum chromatic index allowed by the Erdős-Faber-Lovász conjecture.
The conjecture predicts that the chromatic index of a linear hypergraph is never more than its number of vertices.
If you slightly modify one of the three extreme hypergraphs, the result will typically also have the maximum chromatic index.
Inside the bus, the walls are plastered with famous figures over swirls of chromatic paint.
If the genus is chromatic, as M. Ruelle is disposed to think, they are g-a-a♯-b-d-e-f.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music | David Binning Monro
Along with this change we have to note the comparative disuse of the Enharmonic and chromatic divisions of the tetrachord.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music | David Binning Monro
The outlines of things under these rainbow-tinted undulations produced the chromatic effects of optical glasses made too convex.Toilers of the Sea | Victor Hugo
It contains nothing notable, except perhaps the descending chromatic successions of chords of the sixth.Frederick Chopin as a Man and Musician | Frederick Niecks
Observe now the chromatic variety and beauty produced by intelligent horticulture!Unveiling a Parallel | Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
British Dictionary definitions for chromatic
of, relating to, or characterized by a colour or colours
involving the sharpening or flattening of notes or the use of such notes in chords and harmonic progressions
of or relating to the chromatic scale or an instrument capable of producing it: a chromatic harmonica
of or relating to chromaticism: Compare diatonic
- chromatically, adverb
- chromaticism, noun
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Scientific definitions for chromatic
Relating to color or colors.
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