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a. another word for chromium esp when present in a pigment or dye
b. (as modifier): a chrome dye
2. anything plated with chromium, such as fittings on a car body


(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".


(1) See Chrome browser and Chrome OS.

(2) (chrome) The window borders, scroll bars and other user interface elements in an application. For example, "standard Windows chrome" refers to the regular user interface in Windows rather than a different appearance via a third-party enhancement. The term harks back to the chrome strips on cars, which in past decades were used to enhance the vehicle's appearance. See browser chrome and skin.
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The initial two smelters, with an investment of $35 million, are expected to commence production by December 2012, and the ferro chrome capacity will be scaled up to 150,000 tpa in the second phase.
The second phase will follow suit with an additional investment of $45-50 million for building two additional furnaces to produce ferro chrome, which is a key ingredient in making stainless steel," Vinod Narsiman, managing director of Indsil Hydro Power and Manganese, told reporters, after signing an agreement for building the project.
By default Chrome offers to store the passwords of websites you visit - such as Facebook, Twitter and your email client - as you browse, but unlike other browsers Chrome does not give its users the option to protect these with a master password.