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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Chromatic \Chro*mat"ic\, a. [L. chromaticus, Gr. ?, suited for color, fr. ?, ?, color; akin to ? color, ? skin, color of the skin.] 1. Relating to color, or to colors. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) Proceeding by the smaller intervals (half steps or semitones) of the scale, instead of the regular intervals of the diatonic scale. [1913 Webster] Note: The intermediate tones were formerly written and printed in colors. [1913 Webster] Chromatic aberration. (Opt.) See Aberration, 4. Chromatic printing, printing from type or blocks covered with inks of various colors. Chromatic scale (Mus.), the scale consisting of thirteen tones, including the eight scale tones and the five intermediate tones. [1913 Webster]