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chromatic

[ kroh-mat-ik, kruh- ]
/ kroʊˈmæt ɪk, krə- /
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adjective
pertaining to color or colors.
Music.
  1. involving a modification of the normal scale by the use of accidentals.
  2. progressing by semitones, especially to a tone having the same letter name, as in C to C sharp.

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Origin of chromatic

1590–1600; <Greek chrōmatikós, equivalent to chrōmat- (see chromato-) + -ikos-ic

OTHER WORDS FROM chromatic

chro·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·chro·mat·ic, adjectivenon·chro·mat·i·cal·ly, adverbun·chro·mat·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chromatic

chromatic
/ (krəˈmætɪk) /

adjective
of, relating to, or characterized by a colour or colours
music
  1. involving the sharpening or flattening of notes or the use of such notes in chords and harmonic progressions
  2. of or relating to the chromatic scale or an instrument capable of producing ita chromatic harmonica
  3. of or relating to chromaticismCompare diatonic

Derived forms of chromatic

chromatically, adverbchromaticism, noun

Word Origin for chromatic

C17: from Greek khrōmatikos, from khrōma colour
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Scientific definitions for chromatic

chromatic
[ krō-mătĭk ]

Relating to color or colors.
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