from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The scientific study of color.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The science of colours; the branch of optics that deals with the properties of colours.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science of colors; that part of optics which treats of the properties of colors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The science of colors; that part of optics which treats of the properties of colors and colored bodies.


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  • Philadelphia and New York have not forgotten the harrowing chromatics in Die Glückliche Hand, which Leopold Stokowski gave three years ago.

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  • Nor does it have to go all the way to the edges, because plenty of paintings lack full-intensity chromatics.

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  • It's one of that landmark motion picture's most arresting images and not just because the rich chromatics and gin-like clarity are presented in stark counterpoint to the just around the corner cavalcade of grotesqueness and grue.

    House to house

  • I won't scan and post them here because I want you to see them in the magazine, where their clarity and vivid chromatics will blow you away.

    Seiderman, Seiderman... does whatever a Seider can

  • The film special effects look great, the chromatics tend to impress more due to the sepia tones, or the violent red of the blood.

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  • She came up and she played the electric piano, a Fender Rhodes, with the chromatics -- (imitates melody) -- and then the rhythm section comes in.

    Arif Mardin: Tales from the Recording Studio

  • Sooner or later they would come, and the chromatics would die.

    The Dragons of Chaos

  • Instead of pulling away from each other, the products of cell division (the sister chromatics) usually remain side by side.

    5 Breeding Triticale

  • It began on a high note, descending in weird chromatics to the lowest tone the human ear could resolve.

    The Door Through Space

  • But he also knows that the 'epic' manner of Hollywood outdoors — those fruity Dmitri Tiomkin chromatics, those world-renouncing, unbegotten, silhouetted heroes — often aims at the easier ways of raping his feelings at the expense of his mind.

    The Cape


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