from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The process of subjecting fabrics, in certain processes in dyeing, to a bath of bichromate of potash.

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  • noun Australia The act of inhaling the fumes of substances such as glue or paint, usually by sniffing them from a paper bag or bottle, with the aim of getting intoxicated.
  • verb Present participle of chrome.


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