chromatic


chromatic
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) using or progressing by semitones [a chromatic scale]
b) producing all the tones of such a scale [a chromatic instrument]
c) using tones not in the key of a work [chromatic harmony]
n.
Music a tone modified by an accidental
chromatically
adv.
chromaticism [krō′mat′ə siz΄əm]
n.

English World dictionary. . 2014.