shading

noun
shad·​ing | \ˈshā-diŋ \

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

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Nvidia is also introducing new rendering and texture shading techniques that will allow game developers to avoid having to continually shade every part of a scene when the player moves around. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Nvidia rethinks the graphics card with the RTX 2080," 14 Sep. 2018 But look at it again, look and see how the white line and the shading in there, there was a discrepancy in there that could be the TV. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "10 things we learned from Pete Carroll Tuesday: Chris Carson has taken the lead at tailback, Shaquem Griffin will have competition, and more," 11 Sep. 2018 But Schnabel’s account also has exciting sweep and wondrous shadings. Anthony Tommasini, New York Times, "5 Hours of Glenn Gould Outtakes. Why? Listen and Find Out.," 2 Feb. 2018 Thimes’ nice-and-easy swing rhythm, emphasis on blue-note shadings and honeyed midregister encouraged listeners to bask in the warmth of this music. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "The bold art of Denise Thimes surges at Winter's Jazz Club," 17 Mar. 2018 Texture and shading on the feet complete the pencil work. 4. Amy Raudenbush, Philly.com, "Calling all kids! Draw this cute duck for a chance to see your artwork published," 22 June 2018 The theory is that volcanic eruptions have repeatedly proved that shading happens without causing widespread disasters or major health problems. John Fialka, Scientific American, "The Best Way to Shade Earth," 5 July 2018 The only shading is the uncomfortable lighting, which switches between harsh reds and blues and yellows to broadcast Tone and Mood. Jason Kehe, WIRED, "Sci-Fi Invades Netflix—as They Both Invade Your Home," 9 July 2018 From colors, to shading, extreme liners and lashes. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "Lady Gaga Wore a Braided Version of Her Iconic Hair Bow," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of shading

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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shading

noun

English Language Learners Definition of shading

: the use of dark areas in a drawing, on a graph, etc.

shadings : small differences

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