(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". [Jargon File]
Last updated: 1997-09-19
Christopher Strachey ♦ chromatic number ♦ chrome ♦ chroot ♦ CHRP ♦ chug
Try this search on Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Google, OneLook.