Meaning of chroma in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkrəʊmə/

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mass noun
  • Purity or intensity of colour.

    ‘The guppy is sexually dichromatic, with males being genetically polymorphic for color patches that vary in hue, chroma, reflectivity, size, number, and location on their body.’
    • ‘Newman uses chroma to animate and differentiate forms.’
    • ‘While chroma tends to be faint and fugitive in Bell's early sculptures, a selection of recent works at Jacobson Howard was downright colorful.’
    • ‘Second, sensory systems may be biased toward particular values of some signal parameters such as size, frequency, or chroma.’
    • ‘Odita's tectonics of chroma is strongest in Dutch Light.’
    • ‘Viewers can look underneath and inside the purple forms for a full sensory immersion in chroma and aroma.’
    • ‘The prisms of colour were so strong, so defined, that it was as if the table had been magically coated with a strange and alien palette of chroma.’
    • ‘Graphite hits the retina in allusive ways, and in these drawings, broad tonal variety and the use of both white and buff sheets simulate chroma.’
    • ‘Dragicevic's combination of bleached-out chroma, lack of bravura and resurrected idioms makes for commendably uningratiating paintings.’
    • ‘Miller's paintings are about light - not white, diffused light, but rich, life-giving chroma.’
    • ‘A husky black version and a slender white one reveal their forms unfettered by chroma.’
    • ‘Humans perceive and classify color using two properties: hue and chroma.’
    • ‘Significant differences according to species occur with all three parameters: brightness, chroma, and hue.’
    • ‘We note that, in the model, sex and year effects showed the same patterns of difference as in previous analyses (results not shown): sexual dichromatism in UV reflectance and blue chroma seem independent of age in the barn swallow.’
    • ‘The pearlescent pigment prepared according to the present invention has excellent luster and chroma, since a coating layer of metal oxides is smooth and the dispersibility of the particles is excellent.’
    • ‘High chroma, the intensity of a color, will put more punch in reds and light blues for compacts and sports cars.’
    • ‘The new species and its allospecies, P ruficeps are identical in color of the back and in lightness and hue of the crown, but are 100% separable in lightness, chroma, and hue of the belly; in color and pattern of the face; and in song.’
    • ‘Seidl's paintings, with their blunted contours, blending chroma and reticulate brushwork, are all about flux, immanence and the mutating visual field.’
    • ‘We quantified color using three standard descriptors of reflectance spectra: hue, chroma, and intensity of each individual.’
    • ‘Borosilicate-based pigments create even more chroma, color purity, brightness, transparency and reflectivity than traditional pearlescent pigments.’


Late 19th century from Greek khrōma ‘colour’.