from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or exhibiting many colors.
  • adj. Of or composed of radiation of more than one wavelength: polychromatic light.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Showing a variety, or a change, of colours; having many colours; multicoloured.
  • adj. Composed of more than one wavelength.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Showing a variety, or a change, of colors.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Many-colored: as, polychromatic light.
  • In mineralogy, exhibiting a play of colors

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of light or other electromagnetic radiation) composed of more than one wavelength
  • adj. having or exhibiting many colors


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