shade

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English sceadu.

Noun[edit]

shade (countable and uncountable, plural shades)

  1. (uncountable) Darkness where light, particularly sunlight, is blocked.
    The old oak tree gave shade in the heat of the day.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 8, The Celebrity:
      Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet: [] .
  2. (countable) Something that blocks light, particularly in a window.
    Close the shade, please: it's too bright in here.
  3. (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 []
  4. (figuratively) A subtle variation in a concept.
    shades of meaning
    • Thomas De Quincey (1785-1859)
      new shades and combinations of thought
    • Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859)
      Every shade of religious and political opinion has its own headquarters.
  5. (figuratively) An aspect that is reminiscent of something.
    shades of Groucho
  6. (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.
  7. (archaic) A creature that is partially human and partially angel.
    He was attacked by a shade.
  8. (countable) A postage stamp showing an obvious difference in colour/color to the original printing and needing a separate catalogue/catalog entry.
  9. (uncountable, gay slang) Subtle insults.
    throw shade
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old English sceadwian.

Verb[edit]

shade (third-person singular simple present shades, present participle shading, simple past and past participle shaded)

  1. (transitive) To shield from light.
    The old oak tree shaded the lawn in the heat of the day.
  2. (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.
  3. (intransitive) To vary slightly, particularly in color.
    The hillside was bright green, shading towards gold in the drier areas.
  4. (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.
  5. (transitive) To darken, particularly in drawing.
    I draw contours first, gradually shading in midtones and shadows.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To shelter; to cover from injury; to protect; to screen.
    • Shakespeare
      Ere in our own house I do shade my head.
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To present a shadow or image of; to shadow forth; to represent.
    • Spenser
      [The goddess] in her person cunningly did shade / That part of Justice which is Equity.
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