shade

noun
\ ˈshād How to pronounce shade (audio) \

Definition of shade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : comparative darkness or obscurity owing to interception of the rays of light
b : relative obscurity or retirement
2a : shelter (as by foliage) from the heat and glare of sunlight
b : a place sheltered from the sun
3 : an evanescent or unreal appearance
4 shades plural
a : the shadows that gather as darkness comes on
5a : a disembodied spirit : ghost
b used to signal the similarity between a previously encountered person or situation and one at hand usually used in pluralshades of my childhood
6 : something that intercepts or shelters from light, sun, or heat: such as
a : a device partially covering a lamp so as to reduce glare
b : a flexible screen usually mounted on a roller for regulating the light or the view through a window
c shades plural : sunglasses
7a : the reproduction of the effect of shade in painting or drawing
b : a subdued or somber feature
8a : a color produced by a pigment or dye mixture having some black in it
b : a color slightly different from the one under consideration
9a : a minute difference or variation : nuance
b : a minute degree or quantity
10 : a facial expression of sadness or displeasure
throw shade
US slang
: to express contempt or disrespect for someone publicly especially by subtle or indirect insults or criticisms Christopher Oram's elegant set is a pillared palazzo; at cafe tables wasp-waisted women sip tiny cups of espresso and throw shade at their rivals from behind dark glasses …— Sam Marlowe

shade

verb
shaded; shading

Definition of shade (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to shelter or screen by intercepting radiated light or heat
b : to cover with a shade
2 : to hide partly by or as if by a shadow
3 : to darken with or as if with a shadow
4 : to better or exceed by a shade
5a : to represent the effect of shade or shadow on
b : to add shading to
c : to color so that the shades pass gradually from one to another
6 : to change by gradual transition or qualification
7 : to reduce slightly shade a price
8 : slant, bias

intransitive verb

1 : to pass by slight changes or imperceptible degrees
2 : to undergo or exhibit minute difference or variation

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Other Words from shade

Noun

shadeless \ ˈshād-​ləs How to pronounce shadeless (audio) \ adjective

Verb

shader noun

Synonyms for shade

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of shade in a Sentence

Noun The buildings cast shade on the plaza. The tree provided plenty of shade. These plants grow well in shade. It was a hot sunny day, but luckily their seats for the game were in the shade. We sat in the shade of a willow tree. He used his hand as a shade as he looked out into the bright sunlight. a lamp with a broken shade She pulled down the shades. She was wearing a cool pair of shades. Verb Several large trees shade the house. She shaded the drawing to give it depth. The shaded part of the graph represents the amount of sales. The article shaded the truth by revealing only one side of the story.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Sometimes Father Doyle said Mass in rural fields under makeshift structures, shaded by palm fronds. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "Father John L. Doyle, a voice for the poor and immigrants, dies at 93," 16 Jan. 2020 American history textbooks can differ across the country, in ways that are shaded by partisan politics. New York Times, "Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories.," 12 Jan. 2020 Valencia and his allies built a hatchery in the town of Jaque shaded by wood and wire. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Volunteers conserve endangered sea turtles in remote Panama," 24 Sep. 2019 When pecan branches start to get shaded by branches of other trees or by higher branches of the same tree, the lower branches may weaken and die. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "In San Antonio, Christmas cactus really ‘Thanksgiving cactus’," 20 Dec. 2019 On a barren patch of land shaded by a single Southern live oak tree sits a cinder block building that serves as the Democratic headquarters of the smallest, poorest and most African American county in South Carolina. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Pete Buttigieg is polling at 0% with black voters in South Carolina. Here’s how he’s rebooting his 2020 approach to win them over.," 5 Dec. 2019 Leigh is here to steamroll the more problematic aspects of the era with a genuine affection for the source material, never shaded by the rose-colored glasses of nostalgia. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: Five new romances tackle the struggle to feel deserving of love," 3 Dec. 2019 The interiors were designed with public and private workspaces and connectivity to the adjacent park through a series of exterior terraces shaded by awnings. Nancy Sarnoff, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Endowment’s new HQ will become architectural ‘jewel’ for the city," 7 Nov. 2019 And, at the heart of the park, would be a flexible outdoor dining environment with movable furniture shaded by umbrellas and surrounded by trees. San Diego Union-Tribune, "With interior demolition and park planning in progress, Horton Plaza’s days as a ghost town are numbered," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of shade

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for shade

Noun

Middle English, from Old English sceadu; akin to Old High German scato shadow, Greek skotos darkness

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The first known use of shade was before the 12th century

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“Shade.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shaded. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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More Definitions for shade

shade

noun
How to pronounce shade (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an area of slight darkness that is produced when something blocks the light of the sun
: something that is used to block strong light
: a darkened area in a drawing, painting, etc.

shade

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shade (Entry 2 of 2)

: to shelter (something) from strong light and especially from sunlight
: to make an area in a drawing, on a graph, etc., darker than other areas
US : to change (something, such as the truth) slightly in order to deceive people

shade

noun
\ ˈshād How to pronounce shade (audio) \

Kids Definition of shade

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : space sheltered from light or heat and especially from the sun I needed to sit in the shade of a tree.
2 : partial darkness The trees cast shade.
3 : something that blocks off or cuts down light a lamp shade a window shade
4 : the darkness or lightness of a color four shades of brown
5 : a very small difference or amount He's just a shade taller than me.
7 : the darkening of some objects in a painting or drawing to suggest that they are in shade

shade

verb
shaded; shading

Kids Definition of shade (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to shelter from light or heat I shaded my eyes with a hand.
2 : to mark with or turn a darker color The shaded parts of the graph show growth. Her face shaded purple with embarrassment.

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