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.
  • shades, [plural]
    • [Informal.]sunglasses:wearing a pair of shades.
  • [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.

  • v. 
  • [+ 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.''

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    shade /ʃeɪd/ n
    1. relative darkness produced by the blocking out of light
    2. a place made relatively darker or cooler than other areas by the blocking of light, esp sunlight
    3. a position of relative obscurity
    4. something used to provide a shield or protection from a direct source of light, such as a lampshade
    5. a darker area indicated in a painting, drawing, etc, by shading
    6. a colour that varies slightly from a standard colour due to a difference in hue, saturation, or luminosity: a darker shade of green
    7. a slight amount: a shade of difference
    8. literary a ghost
    vb (mainly tr)
    1. to screen or protect from heat, light, view, etc
    2. to make darker or dimmer
    3. to represent (a darker area) in (a painting, drawing, etc), by means of hatching, using a darker colour, etc
    4. (also intr) to change or cause to change slightly
    5. to lower (a price) slightly
    Etymology: Old English sceadu; related to Gothic skadus, Old High German skato, Old Irish scāth shadow, Greek skotos darkness, Swedish skäddä fog

    ˈshadeless adj

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