Chromatic
Chromatic Chro*mat"ic, a. [L. chromaticus, Gr. ?, suited for color, fr. ?, ?, color; akin to ? color, ? skin, color of the skin.] 1. Relating to color, or to colors. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mus.) Proceeding by the smaller intervals (half steps or semitones) of the scale, instead of the regular intervals of the diatonic scale. [1913 Webster]

Note: The intermediate tones were formerly written and printed in colors. [1913 Webster]

{Chromatic aberration}. (Opt.) See {Aberration}, {4}.

{Chromatic printing}, printing from type or blocks covered with inks of various colors.

{Chromatic scale} (Mus.), the scale consisting of thirteen tones, including the eight scale tones and the five intermediate tones. [1913 Webster]


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  • chromatic — 1590s (of music), progressing by half tones; 1831 as pertaining to color, from L. chromaticus, from Gk. khromatikos relating to color, suited for color, from khroma (gen. khromatos) color, complexion, character, but also used metaphorically of… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • chromatic — [[t]krəmæ̱tɪk[/t]] 1) ADJ In music, chromatic means related to the scale that consists only of semitones. ...the notes of the chromatic scale. 2) ADJ: usu ADJ n Chromatic means related to colours …   English dictionary

  • chromatic — chro|mat|ic [krəuˈmætık, krə US krou , krə ] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Greek; Origin: chromatikos, from chroma skin, color ] 1.) technical related to a musical scale which consists of ↑semitones ▪ a chromatic scale ▪ chromatic harmonies 2.) formal… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • chromatic — adj. 1 of or produced by colour; in (esp. bright) colours. 2 Mus. a of or having notes not belonging to a diatonic scale. b (of a scale) ascending or descending by semitones. Phrases and idioms: chromatic aberration Optics the failure of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • chromatic — I. noun Date: 1708 accidental 2 II. adjective Etymology: Greek chrōmatikos, from chrōmat , chrōma skin, color, modified tone; akin to Greek chrōs color Date: 1630 1. a. of or relating to color or color phenomena or sensations b …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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