WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
shade /ʃeɪd/USA pronunciation
n., v., shad•ed, shad•ing.
[uncountable] the darkness caused by the screening of rays of light from an area, or a place where this is found:to stand in the shade of a big tree.
[countable] something that reduces or shuts out heat or light, as on a window or a lamp.
[countable] the spirit of a dead person.
Fine Art[countable] the degree of darkness of a color:a shade of blue.
[countable] a slight amount or degree:a shade of difference.
[~ + object] to produce shade in, on, or over:The house is well shaded by the tall trees.
Fine Artto introduce degrees of darkness into (a drawing, painting, etc.) to create light and shadow: [~ + object]to shade the figures of the sketch.[~ + object + in]to shade them in with pencil.[~ + in + object]to shade in the figures.
to change by slight amounts: [~ + object]The candidate shaded his answer to fit what he thought the people wanted to hear.[no object]His answer seemed to shade from an initial "no'' to a tentative "yes.''
- [Informal.]sunglasses:wearing a pair of shades.
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shade /ʃeɪd/ n
vb (mainly tr)
- relative darkness produced by the blocking out of light
- a place made relatively darker or cooler than other areas by the blocking of light, esp sunlight
- a position of relative obscurity
- something used to provide a shield or protection from a direct source of light, such as a lampshade
- a darker area indicated in a painting, drawing, etc, by shading
- a colour that varies slightly from a standard colour due to a difference in hue, saturation, or luminosity: a darker shade of green
- a slight amount: a shade of difference
- literary a ghost
Etymology: Old English sceadu; related to Gothic skadus, Old High German skato, Old Irish scāth shadow, Greek skotos darkness, Swedish skäddä fogˈshadeless adj
- to screen or protect from heat, light, view, etc
- to make darker or dimmer
- to represent (a darker area) in (a painting, drawing, etc), by means of hatching, using a darker colour, etc
- (also intr) to change or cause to change slightly
- to lower (a price) slightly
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