shading

noun
shad·​ing | \ ˈshā-diŋ How to pronounce shading (audio) \

Definition of shading

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 Moreover, passive cooling strategies, long the norm in the Mediterranean and other places accustomed to scorching heat, entail natural ventilation and shading: opening windows at night and lowering the blinds in mid-morning. Paul Hockenos, CNN, 22 July 2022 Small brush strokes and detailed shading give this spider a 3D effect. Larry Stansbury, Good Housekeeping, 30 June 2022 So far the Clandestines have come across pretty evil, but is that an intentional shading? Christian Holub, EW.com, 30 June 2022 These farms also provide critical shading that results in a cooling effect on the benthic communities below. Bill Frist, Forbes, 9 June 2022 There are now great programs to help with the coloring and the shading. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2022 This franchise continues to expend its energy on the spinning of narrative rather than on delicate shading of characters. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 22 Feb. 2022 Samsung also says the Exynos 2200 GPU supports variable rate shading. Chris Smith, BGR, 18 Jan. 2022 Amazon uses the same gray shading for advertised products and organic search results, potentially confusing consumers, according to the complaint. Jennifer Korn, CNN, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of shading

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shading was in 1663

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Last Updated

27 Jul 2022

Cite this Entry

“Shading.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shading. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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