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 Even for those with good vision, the faint shading of a corner of the moon—called a partial, penumbral lunar eclipse—can be hard to see. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "How to watch the July 4 partial lunar eclipse," 4 July 2020 At best, at mid-eclipse, very observant people will notice a dark shading on the moon’s face. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, "A lunar eclipse is happening this weekend. Will we see it in Greater Cincinnati?," 30 June 2020 At best, at mid-eclipse, very observant people will notice a dark shading on the moon’s face. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "A 'penumbral' lunar eclipse is coming this weekend. What does this mean?," 30 June 2020 Keep in mind boxes should have total sun exposure from sunrise until noon; after that shading is OK, Ready said. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ten ways to attract and help bluebirds in Wisconsin," 25 June 2020 They could be widened by injections of vapor from seawater by specialized ships to create shading effects. John Fialka, Science | AAAS, "U.S. geoengineering research gets a lift with $4 million from Congress," 23 Jan. 2020 So Republicans have had the endless misery of making excuses, shading facts and reciting White House talking points that insult the intelligence of any sentient adult. Steve Chapman,, "Column: Trump makes life miserable for Republicans in Congress, and a second term would be even worse," 30 Oct. 2019 The performances abounded in scintillating grace, wondrous shadings, even touches of impetuousness — all the qualities that distinguish his Chopin, Liszt and Schumann. New York Times, "Two Pianists Test the Meaning of Virtuosity," 4 Mar. 2020 Once again, Nvidia’s Turing GPUs introduced the concept of mesh shading. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "DirectX 12 Ultimate unifies ray tracing, speed-boosting graphics tricks across PCs and Xbox," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of shading

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Jul 2020

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“Shading.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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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