- 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 embellishments in music, originally "skin, surface" (see CHROMA (Cf. chroma)).
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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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English
chromatic — [krō mat′ik] adj. [LL chromaticus < Gr chrōmatikos, suited for color: see CHROMA & ATIC] 1. of color or having color or colors 2. highly colored 3. Biol. readily stained 4. Music a) … English World dictionary
chromatic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) Music relating to or using notes not belonging to the diatonic scale of the key of a passage. 2) (of a scale) ascending or descending by semitones. 3) relating to or produced by colour. ORIGIN Greek khr matikos, from khr ma colour … English terms dictionary
chromatic — англ. [крэмэ/тик] chromatique фр. [кромати/к] chromatisch нем. [хрома/тиш] хроматический … Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов
chromatic — Of or pertaining to color or colors; produced by, or made in, a color or colors. * * * chro·mat·ic krō mat ik adj 1) of, relating to, or characterized by color or color phenomena or sensations <chromatic perception> <chromatic… … Medical dictionary
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
chromatic — adjective 1》 Music relating to or using notes not belonging to the diatonic scale of the key of a passage. ↘(of a scale) ascending or descending by semitones. 2》 relating to or produced by colour. Derivatives chromatically adverb chromaticism … English new terms dictionary