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[krohm] /kroʊm/

chromium-plated or other bright metallic trim, as on an automobile.
(of dyeing) the dichromate of potassium or sodium.
Photography. a positive color transparency; kodachrome.
verb (used with object), chromed, chroming.
(of dyeing) to subject to a bath of dichromate of potassium or sodium.
to plate (metal) with a compound of .
to treat or tan (a hide or leather) with a compound.
variant of as the final element of a compound word:

anything plated with chromium, such as fittings on a car body
a pigment or dye that contains chromium
to plate or be plated with chromium, usually by electroplating
to treat or be treated with a chromium compound, as in dyeing or tanning
combining form, combining form
colour, coloured, or pigment: monochrome

1800, “chromium,” from French chrome, the name proposed by Fourcroy and Haüy for a new element, from Greek khroma “color” (see chroma); so called because it makes colorful compounds. The name was given to the metallic element now known as chromium (which had been isolated 1798 by French chemist Nicolas-Louis Vauquelin); it continued in commercial use in English for “chrome steel” (steel with 2 percent or so chrome) after the chemical name was changed internationally. As a short form of chromium plating it dates from 1937. Related: Chromic.

chrome (krōm)
Chromium, especially as a source of pigment.

(From automotive slang via wargaming) Showy features added to attract users but contributing little or nothing to the power of a system.
“The 3D icons in Motif are just chrome, but they certainly are *pretty* chrome!”
Chrome is distinguished from bells and whistles by the fact that the latter are usually added to gratify developers’ own desires for featurefulness. Often used as a term of contempt and sometimes used in conjunction with ‘fluff’, “all the fluff and chrome that comes with Motif”.
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    noun 1. another name for chromium dioxide

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    noun, Slang. 1. a baldheaded person. 2. an intellectual; egghead. modifier : Reggie Rivers doesn’t have a fancy name for his chrome-dome hairdo noun egghead: just to catch up on what the liberal chrome-domes are thinking/ The Carter Center has its share of chrome-domes, eggheads, incompetents and hangers-on (1960s+)

  • Chrome-green

    noun 1. the permanent green color made from chromic oxide, or any similar pigment made largely from chromic oxide, used chiefly in printing textiles. noun 1. any green pigment made by mixing lead chromate with Prussian blue 2. any green pigment containing chromic oxide

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