- 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.
Origin of chromatic
Related Words for chromaticgaudy, vivid, splashy, vibrant, multicolored, bright, flashy, rich, hued, florid, gay, intense, jazzy, kaleidoscopic, loud, motley, picturesque, psychedelic, showy, variegated
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Contemporary Examples of chromatic
Inside the bus, the walls are plastered with famous figures over swirls of chromatic paint.On the Road With Kesey's (Drug-Free) Acid Test
August 27, 2014
Historical Examples of chromatic
In these chromatic displays, red is the colour that predominates.
Similarly the g in gnostic, the e in eulogy, p in pneumonia, the h in chromatic.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
Certainly his tonalities are on the other side of diatonic and chromatic.Egoists
The sea that morning passed through a succession of chromatic changes.Java, Facts and Fancies
Augusta de Wit
Which fingering of the chromatic scale the is most conducive to speed and accuracy?Piano Playing
- 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 ita chromatic harmonica
- of or relating to chromaticismCompare diatonic
Word Origin for chromatic
1590s (of music), "progressing by half-tones;" 1831 as "pertaining to color," from Latin chromaticus, from Greek khromatikos "relating to color, suited for color," from khroma (genitive khromatos) "color, complexion, character," but chiefly used metaphorically of embellishments in music, originally "skin, surface" (see chroma).