Definition of Chromatic

1. Adjective. Able to refract light without spectral color separation. "Chromatic lens"

Partainyms: Color

2. Adjective. Based on a scale consisting of 12 semitones. "A chromatic scale"
Category relationships: Music
Antonyms: Diatonic

3. Adjective. Being or having or characterized by hue.
Attributes: Chromaticity, Hue
Similar to: Amber, Brownish-yellow, Yellow-brown, Amber-green, Amethyst, Auburn, Aureate, Gilded, Gilt, Gold, Golden, Avocado, Azure, Bright Blue, Cerulean, Sky-blue, Beige, Blackish-brown, Blackish-red, Blae, Blue, Blueish, Bluish, Blue-green, Bluish Green, Cyan, Teal, Blue-lilac, Bluish-lilac, Blue-purple, Bluish-purple, Blue-violet, Bluish-violet, Blushful, Rosy, Bottle-green, Bright-red, Raspberry-red, Bronze, Bronzy, Bronze-red, Brown, Brownish, Chocolate-brown, Dark-brown, Brown-green, Brownish-green, Brown-purple, Brownish-purple, Buff, Buff-brown, Canary, Canary-yellow, Caramel, Caramel Brown, Carnation, Chartreuse, Chestnut, Chestnut-brown, Copper Colored, Coppery, Coral, Coral-red, Creamy, Creamy-yellow, Cress Green, Cresson, Watercress, Crimson-magenta, Crimson-purple, Crimson-yellow, Dark-blue, Deep-pink, Deep-yellow, Dull-purple, Dun, Earthlike, Fuscous, Taupe, Golden-yellow, Golden-brown, Golden-green, Gray-blue, Grayish-blue, Grey-blue, Greyish-blue, Gray-brown, Grayish-brown, Grey-brown, Greyish-brown, Gray-green, Grayish-green, Grey-green, Greyish-green, Gray-pink, Grayish-pink, Grey-pink, Greyish-pink, Dark-green, Green, Greenish, Light-green, Greenish-brown, Hazel, Hazel-brown, Honey, Jade, Jade-green, Khaki, Lavender, Lilac, Lilac-colored, Lavender-tinged, Light-blue, Pale Blue, Lilac-blue, Violet-blue, Lavender-pink, Lilac-pink, Violet-pink, Lilac-purple, Magenta, Magenta Pink, Brownish-red, Maroon, Maroon-purple, Mauve, Mauve-blue, Mauve-pink, Moss Green, Mosstone, Mouse-colored, Mouselike, Mousey, Mousy, Ocher, Ochre, Olive-brown, Drab, Olive-drab, Olive, Orange, Orangish, Orange-red, Orangish-red, Orange-brown, Peachy, Peachy-colored, Peachy-coloured, Peacock-blue, Pea-green, Pink, Pinkish, Pink-lavender, Pinkish-lavender, Pink-orange, Pinkish-orange, Salmon, Pink-red, Pink-tinged, Pink-purple, Pinkish-purple, Powder Blue, Powdery-blue, Purple, Purplish, Violet, Purple-blue, Purplish-blue, Purple-brown, Purplish-brown, Purple-green, Purplish-green, Purple-lilac, Purplish-lilac, Purple-red, Purplish-red, Purple-tinged, Purple-tinted, Blood-red, Carmine, Cerise, Cherry, Cherry-red, Crimson, Red, Reddish, Ruby, Ruby-red, Ruddy, Scarlet, Mahogany-red, Red-brown, Reddish-brown, Red-lavender, Reddish-lavender, Reddish-pink, Flame-orange, Red-orange, Reddish-orange, Red-purple, Reddisn-purple, Red-violet, Reddish-violet, Rosaceous, Rose, Roseate, Rose-red, Rose-lavender, Rose-lilac, Rose-mauve, Rose-purple, Rosy-purple, Rose-tinged, Rose-tinted, Russet, Rust, Rust-brown, Rusty, Rust-red, Rusty-red, Rusty-brown, Sage, Sage-green, Sapphire, Scarlet-crimson, Scarlet-pink, Sea-green, Silver-blue, Silvery-blue, Silver-green, Silvery-green, Chukker-brown, Mummy-brown, Snuff, Snuff-brown, Brownish-orange, Sorrel, Stone, Straw, Sulfur-yellow, Sulphur-yellow, Tan, Tannish, Tangerine, Tawny, Tawny-brown, Ultramarine, Umber, Chinese-red, Cinnabar, Vermilion, Vermillion, Vinaceous, Violet-tinged, Violet-tinted, White-pink, Wine-red, Xanthous, Yellow, Yellowish, Yellow-beige, Yellowish-beige, Yellow-green, Yellow-orange, Yellowish-orange, Yellow-tinged
Also: Chestnut, Colored, Colorful, Coloured
Antonyms: Achromatic
Derivative terms: Chroma, Chromaticity

Definition of Chromatic

1. a. Relating to color, or to colors.

Definition of Chromatic

1. Adjective. Relating to or characterised by hue. ¹

2. Adjective. Having the capacity to separate spectral colours by refraction. ¹

3. Adjective. (music) Regarding all twelve traditional Western pitch classes, regardless of temperament or intonation; Regarding entire sets of alternative pitch class systems. ¹

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Definition of Chromatic

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Chromatic

1. Of or pertaining to colour or colours; produced by, or made in, a colour or colours. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Chromatic

chromate reductase
chromate stain
chromatic (current term)
chromatic aberration
chromatic apparatus
chromatic audition
chromatic color
chromatic colour
chromatic fibre
chromatic granule
chromatic number
chromatic numbers
chromatic scale
chromatic scales
chromatic spectrum
chromatic vision

Literary usage of Chromatic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Elson's Music Dictionary: Containing the Definition and Pronunciation of by Louis Charles Elson (1905)
"chromatic. Proceeding by semitones. Any music or chord containing notes not belonging to the ... chromatic depression. The lowering a note by a semitone. ..."

2. Harmony: A Course of Study by George Whitefield Chadwick (1897)
"THE chromatic SCALE. HARMONIZED. The nature of chromatic progression is such that the greatest possible scope can be given to any harmony which accompanies ..."

3. Pronouncing and Defining Dictionary of Music by William Smythe Babcock Mathews, Emil Liebling (1896)
"chromatic notes are notes of the diatonic scale altered by sharps, flats, or naturals. A chromatic scale is one which proceeds throughout by semitones. ..."

4. Harmony: A Course of Study by George Whitefield Chadwick (1922)
"FHE chromatic SCALE, HARMONIZED. nature of chromatic progression is such that the ... For example : (For the sake of convenience the chromatic scale is here ..."

5. Harmony: A Course of Study by George Whitefield Chadwick (1897)
"THE chromatic SCALE, HARMONIZED. The nature of chromatic progression is such that the greatest possible scope can be given to any harmony which accompanies ..."

6. Technical Digest edited by G. W. Day, D. L. Franzen, P. A. Williams (1999)
"By means of an interferometric device, the second order chromatic dispersion is characterized versus fiber stretching. The purpose of this paper is to fit ..."

7. Inductive Sociology: A Syllabus of Methods, Analyses and Classifications by Franklin Henry Giddings (1901)
"chromatic race is that remote degree of relationship which includes all ... Thus, for example, the white chromatic race includes such glottic races as the ..."

8. The Philosophy of Music: Being the Substance of a Course of Lectures by William Pole (1895)
"This led to the much more copious and definite use of chromatic changes, and at last to the full chromatic scale, which appears to have come into use in the ..."

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