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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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 Kingery was playing deep in the hole and shading toward first. Matt Breen,, "Gabe Kapler's advice for Phillies' Scott Kingery: Eat more bacon," 2 Mar. 2018 This doesn't appear to be done with some cel-shading technique, mind you, but with an emphasis on higher-contrast pop from the levels' busy backgrounds. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system," 6 Dec. 2018 The cel shading is crisp, the lines are as expressive as the original material, and in some ways the overall presentation is cleaner and nicer looking than the anime. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 This YouTuber used the shading and shapes of a jack-o-latern as inspiration, while this look combined skeleton elements with lots of sparkle. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Most Popular Pinterest Halloween 2018 Beauty Searches," 27 Sep. 2018 Thinning brows can benefit from the extra oomph of shading. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Microblading, Microshading, and Microfeathering: What's the Difference?," 23 Dec. 2018 And though one convention in botanical illustration is to add a light source from the upper left of the drawing, Tangerini’s style of using heavy line shading gives plants the appearance of emitting a light of their own. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Botanical Artist Who Translates Plant Science Into Beautiful Art," 10 July 2018 The shadings of his voice and the depth of emotions reflected in his eyes rivet the audience’s attention. The cop seeks to reassure the frightened woman. Soren Andersen, The Seattle Times, "‘The Guilty’: Abduction drama focuses on one cop — and one riveting performance," 16 Oct. 2018

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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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