Shade meaning

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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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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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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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(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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The part of a picture or photograph depicting darkness or shadow.
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To screen from light or heat.

Trees shaded the street.

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To obscure or darken.
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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 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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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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Any of various devices used to protect or screen from light and heat.
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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 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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To darken, particularly in drawing.

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

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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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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