shading

noun

shad·​ing ˈshā-diŋ How to pronounce shading (audio)
1
: the use of marking made within outlines to suggest three-dimensionality, shadow, or degrees of light and dark in a picture or drawing
2
: an interpretative effect in music gained especially by subtle changes in dynamics

Examples of shading in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Experts say that the most efficient way to do so is by blocking out sunlight from entering the home through outside shading techniques, installing plants that can absorb sunlight, or using blackout curtains. Solcyré Burga, TIME, 5 June 2024 Sandler, because of that punim of his, is good at playing bummed, but this scene demanded more shading — anger, charm, cockiness. Jesse David Fox, Vulture, 16 Mar. 2024 Cadieux gives emotionally withholding Claire sufficient shading to show glimpses of her maternal feelings. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 May 2024 These make for features such as hardware acceleration for ray tracing, dynamic caching, and mesh shading, all of which will improve the iPad Pro as a gaming device. Eric Zeman, PCMAG, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for shading 

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Word History

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shading was in 1663

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“Shading.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shading. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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