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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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 Most of this follows a predictable course, pushing all the required buttons on cue, though the actors keep it watchable enough, particularly Amalric and Canet, who have the most fully developed arcs with the most emotional shading. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sink or Swim' ('Le Grand bain'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 14 May 2018 But the man in a simple black habit who met me was young, with kind eyes, a boyish face, and a light shading of stubble. Matías Costa, Smithsonian, "The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil War," 28 June 2018 Here, the composer’s sophisticated sense of instrumental shading could be as richly savored as his deft handling of thematic development. Tim Smith,, "John Williams makes electrifying return to BSO, shares podium with Marin Alsop," 14 June 2018 Stewart's colors also shine in their detail, shading and ability to impart some energy into the book, especially during action scenes. Will Nevin,, "TBT #40: New Nancy Drew, sci-fi and more coming in comics," 13 June 2018 The designs will have minimal shading and only red as a color. Kaila White, azcentral, "Friday the 13th tattoo, piercing deals for April 2018: Where to go in Phoenix area," 12 Apr. 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.

shadings : small differences

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alleviating pain or harshness

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