Shade definition

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Light diminished in intensity as a result of the interception of the rays; partial darkness.
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Cover or shelter provided by interception by an object of the sun or its rays.

Sat in the shade under the tree.

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To obscure or darken.
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(informal) Sunglasses.
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Shade is an area of darkness caused by an object blocking light from reaching it.

An example of shade is the darkness created by holding an umbrella over your head on a sunny day.

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Degree of darkness of a color; gradation of a color with reference to its mixture with black.

Various shades of blue.

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Anything lacking substance or reality; phantom.
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To shade is to protect from light or heat.

An example of shade is to put an open patio umbrella over your lounge chair to protect you and the deck from heat.

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The part of a picture or photograph depicting darkness or shadow.
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A gradation of a color as it is mixed with black or is decreasingly illuminated.

Shades of gray.

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A slight difference or variation; a nuance.

Shades of meaning.

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A small amount; a trace.

Detected a shade of bitterness in her remarks.

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Dark shadows gathering at dusk.
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The abode of the dead; the underworld.

Went to the shades of hell.

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A disembodied spirit; a ghost.
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A present reminder of a person or situation in the past.

Shades of my high-school days.

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To screen from light or heat.

Trees shaded the street.

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To change or vary by slight degrees.

Shade the meaning.

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To make a slight reduction in.

Shade prices.

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To represent degrees of shade or shadow in.

Shade a drawing.

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To produce (gradations of light or color) in a drawing or picture.

Shaded the pink in the sunset.

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To pass from one quality, color, or thing to another by very slight changes or degrees.
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Comparative darkness caused by a more or less opaque object cutting off rays of light, as from the sun.
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An indication or representation of darkness in painting, drawing, photography, etc.
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Any of various devices used to protect or screen from light and heat.
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(slang) Sunglasses.
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A place giving protection from the heat and light of the sun, as under a tree.
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An area less brightly lighted than its surroundings.
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A shadow.
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A retired or secluded place.
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A small difference or variation.

Shades of opinion.

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A slight amount or degree; trace; touch; suggestion.

A shade of humor in his voice.

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A ghost; specter.
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To protect or screen from light or heat.
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To provide with a shade.
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To hide or screen with or as with a shadow.
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To make dark, as with a shade or a shadow; darken; dim; obscure.
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To change by very slight degrees or gradations.
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To lessen or reduce (a price) slightly.
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To represent the effects of shade in (a painting, photograph, etc.)
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To depict in, or mark with, gradations of light or color.
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To change, move, or vary slightly or by degrees.
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(uncountable) Darkness where light, particularly sunlight, is blocked.

The old oak tree gave shade in the heat of the day.

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(countable) Something that blocks light, particularly in a window.

Close the shade, please: it's too bright in here.

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(countable) A variety of a colour/color, in particular one obtained by adding black (compare tint).

I've painted my room in five lovely shades of pink and chartreuse.

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(figuratively) A subtle variation in a concept.

Shades of meaning.

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(figuratively) An aspect that is reminiscent of something.

Shades of Groucho.

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(archaic or literary) A ghost.

Too long have I been haunted by that shade.

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(archaic) A creature that is partially human and partially angel.

He was attacked by a shade.

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(countable) A postage stamp showing an obvious difference in colour/color to the original printing and needing a separate catalogue/catalog entry.
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(uncountable, gay slang) Subtle insults.

Throw shade.

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To shield from light.

The old oak tree shaded the lawn in the heat of the day.

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To alter slightly.

You'll need to shade your shot slightly to the left.

Most politicians will shade the truth if it helps them.

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(intransitive) To vary slightly, particularly in color.

The hillside was bright green, shading towards gold in the drier areas.

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(intransitive, baseball, of a defensive player) To move slightly from one's normal fielding position.

Jones will shade a little to the right on this pitch count.

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To darken, particularly in drawing.

I draw contours first, gradually shading in midtones and shadows.

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Any of various devices used to reduce or screen light or heat.

Closed the window shades.

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a shade
  • A little bit; slightly:
    A sprinter who was a shade quicker that the rest.
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in the shade
  • in (or into) darkness or shadow
  • in (or into) comparative obscurity, or a position of minor importance
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shades of
  • something reminding one of something (or someone) past
    shades of Prohibition!.
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the shades
  • the increasing darkness, as of evening
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
shade
Plural:
shades

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

a shade
in the shade
shades of
the shades

Origin of shade

  • Middle English from Old English sceadu

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English sceadwian.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English sceadu.

    From Wiktionary