Monochrome



[mon-uh-krohm] /ˈmɒn əˌkroʊm/

noun
1.
a painting or drawing in different shades of a single color.
2.
the art or technique of producing such a painting or drawing.
3.
the state or condition of being painted, decorated, etc., in shades of a single color.
adjective
4.
being or made in the shades of a single color:
a blue monochrome seascape.
5.
having the images reproduced in tones of gray:
monochrome television.
/ˈmɒnəˌkrəʊm/
noun
1.
a black-and-white photograph or transparency
2.
(photog) black and white
3.

4.
(modifier) executed in or resembling monochrome: a monochrome print
adjective
5.
devoid of any distinctive or stimulating characteristics
n.

1660s, “painting or drawing done in different tints of a single color,” from Greek monochromos “of a single color,” from monos “single, alone” (see mono-) + khroma (genitive khromatos) “color, complexion, skin” (see chroma). As an adjective from 1849. Photographic sense is recorded from 1940.
graphics
Literally “one colour”. Usually used for a black and white (or sometimes green or orange) monitor as distinct from a color monitor. Normally, each pixel on the display will correspond to a single bit of display memory and will therefore be one of two intensities. A grey-scale display requires several bits per pixel but might still be called monochrome.
Compare: bitonal.
(1994-11-24)

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