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- (uncountable) Darkness where light, particularly sunlight, is blocked.
- The old oak tree gave shade in the heat of the day.
- (countable) Something that blocks light, particularly in a window.
- Close the shade, please: it's too bright in here.
- (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.
- John Locke (1632-1705)
- Thus light and colours, as white, red, yellow, blue, with their several degrees or shades, and mixtures, as green, scarlet, purple, sea-green, and the rest, come in only by the eyes […]
- (figuratively) A subtle variation in a concept.
- shades of meaning
- (figuratively) An aspect that is reminiscent of something.
- shades of Groucho
- (archaic or literary) A ghost.
- Too long have I been haunted by that shade.
- John Dryden (1631-1700)
- Swift as thought the flitting shade / Thro' air his momentary journey made.
- (archaic) A creature that is partially human and partially angel.
- He was attacked by a shade.
- (countable) A postage stamp showing an obvious difference in colour/color to the original printing and needing a separate catalogue/catalog entry.
- (uncountable, gay slang) Subtle insults.
darkness where light is blocked
something that blocks light, particularly in a window
variety of color
subtle variation in a concept
archaic: a ghost
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- (transitive) To shield from light.
- The old oak tree shaded the lawn in the heat of the day.
- (transitive) To alter slightly.
- You'll need to shade your shot slightly to the left.
- Most politicians will shade the truth if it helps them.
- (intransitive) To vary slightly, particularly in color.
- The hillside was bright green, shading towards gold in the drier areas.
- (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.
- (transitive) To darken, particularly in drawing.
- I draw contours first, gradually shading in midtones and shadows.
- (transitive, obsolete) To shelter; to cover from injury; to protect; to screen.
- Ere in our own house I do shade my head.
- (transitive, obsolete) To present a shadow or image of; to shadow forth; to represent.
- [The goddess] in her person cunningly did shade / That part of Justice which is Equity.
to shield from light
to alter slightly
to vary slightly, particularly in color
Terms derived from the noun or verb shade