Definition of polychromatic in US English:



  • 1Of two or more colors; multicolored.

    • ‘His use of polychromatic tassels was a nice touch on scarves and cuffs and was Tibetan and Ottoman empire influenced.’
    • ‘Even the standard bulb-shaped balloons are an eyeful in their polychromatic splendour, shown to best effect at the ‘night glows,’ when the balloons are lit up inside like Chinese lanterns to the strains of classical music.’
    • ‘Consequently, any movement that seeks to deprive us of this unique, polychromatic identity is anti-national.’
    • ‘The painting's almost panoramic format effectively persuades the viewer to imagine walking through this polychromatic landscape.’
    • ‘Emily Young abandoned painting in the 1980s to begin carving elemental forms, such as this Rainbow Onyx Head, from ancient hulks of polychromatic stone.’
    • ‘Purple is particularly in at the moment, along with polychromatic paint that changes colour with the light, for those that can afford it.’
    • ‘Grand sea fans enliven a reef inhabited by leaf fish, lionfish, and a polychromatic array of nudibranchs.’
    • ‘When you're a special sort of elf, like Sy, something as simple as watching people having a conversation could become a polychromatic piece of art.’
    • ‘Its surfaces are covered with a checkered, machine-loomed flannel, a subtle, polychromatic patchwork of nocturnal blue, heather and black that enlivens the sculpture's truncated planes and the quiet space it occupies.’
    • ‘Hogan is best known for his polychromatic relief paintings made by pouring Rhoplex over concentric coils of rope laid out in geometric patterns.’
    • ‘Clad in polychromatic day-glo garb and fronted by MCs Terminator Bones and Poor White Trash, these unclassifiable Cambridge, England mish-mashers are a sight to behold.’
    • ‘The floor is a waxen, polychromatic coat of sharp, glistening shards.’
    • ‘This year, Barcelona's Beth Galli has given the city's St Patrick's Street an exotic carpet of polychromatic stone that has transformed the pedestrian experience.’
    • ‘St. Petersburg turns out to be wildly polychromatic.’
    • ‘What Ralph and Jack would ‘see’ underwater is not a ‘fairy realm’ in all its magic detail but a polychromatic blur with a few vague shapes.’
    • ‘The general effect of the second photograph is strikingly polychromatic.’
    • ‘The thin, polychromatic striations of the different coloured tiles add surprising texture and visual animation to the internal and external wall planes.’
    • ‘This museum, in its polychromatic formal complexity, could hardly be further from a ‘white cube’ museum.’
    • ‘He knew little, even less than Watteau and far less than Boucher and Fragonard, about the myths versified by Ovid and depicted by the flighty polychromatic cloud-scapers of Versailles.’
    • ‘All around the main concourse there is a polychromatic array of multicultural mixed sex, mixed aged groups doing their own thing.’
    multicoloured, particoloured, varicoloured, multicolour, many-coloured, many-hued, colourful, prismatic, rainbow-like, rainbow, kaleidoscopic, psychedelic, jazzy, harlequin, motley
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    1. 1.1Physics (of light or other radiation) of a number of wavelengths or frequencies.
      • ‘The aim of our study was to establish such an action spectrum by using different polychromatic UV-B light sources.’
      • ‘With one exception, previous studies have investigated the wavelength dependence of MAA formation under polychromatic light.’
      • ‘Solar radiation is polychromatic and the biological effectiveness concentrates on the short-wavelength edge of the spectrum (290320 run, commonly termed UVB).’
      • ‘This fact appears in the literature as the discrepancy between sensitivity curves measured with a monochromatic source and with polychromatic radiation observed in normal human skin fibroblasts.’
      • ‘Because we assume that an insect's reaction to UV in nature is the outcome of complex interactions of different parameters, more realistic laboratory conditions are needed, including polychromatic radiation sources.’