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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
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(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".
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(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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Unlike the chroming friction pair, the nonchroming T10 disc could only be divided into two distinct layers beneath after the worn test (Figure 5(b)).
Mechanism of Wear Resistance in Chroming T10 Steel Disc.
Furthermore, the chroming T10 protected its matrix materials from being seriously damaged, and only some micro-cracks occurred in the chroming layer without endangering the substrate material (Figure 5(a)).
The mechanism of the outstanding wear resistance in the chroming T10 steel discs is considered to be the formation in the 20CrMnTi pin, which helped them undergo less severe shear deformation than the nonchroming friction pair.
Themicrostructuresofsubsurfacelayersof20CrMnTi against chroming and nonchroming T10 under dry sliding tests were observed.