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 Cézanne’s scattershot approach triumphed in his conflations of surface with depth, which abolished perspective by locating the near and the relatively distant with shading and color, perceived all at once in increasingly perfect equipoise. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 21 June 2021 One of the key findings of the research was that automating window shading can drive a range of benefits. Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 11 June 2021 Sizing up a home, experts might recommend planting a tree to create natural shading, installing external blinds to block solar heat while allowing fresh air in, and using reflective paint to further keep out the heat, Mr. Dean says. Benoit Morenne, WSJ, 7 June 2021 And the characters have the rudimentary appearance of people in a carpeting commercial, as if animators planned to take a couple more passes to add shading and depth but forgot to do so. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 3 June 2021 Marble statues were painted in antiquity, the colors fixed with wax to create luminous, subtle shading of lips, eyes, and hair. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2021 The light brown shading shows areas in which the most recent six-month stretch was in the driest 10% of the last 50 years. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, 12 Apr. 2021 Lining of shade trees on both sides of road to prioritize shading of pedestrians (and not cars). Susannah Bryan,, 28 Mar. 2021 These intricate pieces of code use cues in the shading of black and white photographs to identify a grayscale value, and then cross that information with vast databases of sample pictures to find its colored match. David Nield, Popular Science, 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of shading

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jul 2021

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“Shading.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shading

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


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