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

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The soft colors and cel-shading have an ethereal quality and those visuals are fitting for a game about death. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Preview: ‘Oninaki’ tries to breathe new life into action RPG," 22 July 2019 Sunrise over water was easy to imagine during a graceful, luminous performance marked by exquisite dynamic shading and golden solos from clarinetist Robert Woolfrey and assistant principal oboist Jeffrey Rathbun. Zachary Lewis,, "Jahja Ling conjures true spirit of Blossom with Cleveland Orchestra, Conrad Tao," 15 July 2019 But Shelton also offers the characters a deft shading of backstory that puts the entire plot into high relief and situates it in a wide, complex, and varied civic landscape. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Sword of Trust,” Reviewed: A Mumblecore Comedy That Takes on the Pro-Confederate Right," 12 July 2019 Intel’s Gen11 graphics also support variable-rate shading, a technology that is somewhat similar to the foveated rendering used in VR headsets. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel boldly claims its 'Ice Lake' integrated graphics are as good as AMD's," 26 May 2019 Some neurons in the visual cortex, for instance, respond to the edges of objects in view; others fire to indicate the objects’ orientation, coloring or shading. Quanta Magazine, "To Make Sense of the Present, Brains May Predict the Future," 10 July 2018 Though there is an ostensible outsider serving as the villain, the film is at its best when giving our heroes enough shading and dimension to serve as their own obstacles. Josh Spiegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Toy Story 4' Surprises With Its Villain," 22 June 2019 Variable-rate shading affects how quickly a shader is called, and how quickly a shader is called affects how a pixel looks in terms of visual fidelity. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel boldly claims its 'Ice Lake' integrated graphics are as good as AMD's," 26 May 2019 For one, the Warriors have done an excellent job shading help defenders toward his drives to disrupt his rhythm. Andrew Sharp,, "Four Pressing Questions Heading Into Game 4 of NBA Finals," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of shading

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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