Definition of Shade

1. Noun. Relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body. "There's too much shadiness to take good photographs"

Exact synonyms: Shadiness, Shadowiness
Generic synonyms: Semidarkness
Specialized synonyms: Shadow
Derivative terms: Shady, Shady, Shadowy

2. Verb. Cast a shadow over.
Exact synonyms: Shade Off, Shadow
Generic synonyms: Darken
Derivative terms: Shadow, Shadow

3. Noun. A quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color. "After several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
Exact synonyms: Tincture, Tint, Tone
Generic synonyms: Color, Coloring, Colour, Colouring
Specialized synonyms: Mellowness, Richness, Tinge, Undertone
Derivative terms: Tincture, Tint, Tone, Tone

4. Verb. Represent the effect of shade or shadow on.
Exact synonyms: Fill In
Category relationships: Art, Artistic Creation, Artistic Production
Generic synonyms: Paint, Draw
Specialized synonyms: Crosshatch
Derivative terms: Shading

5. Noun. Protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight. "As the sun moved he readjusted the shade"

6. Verb. Protect from light, heat, or view. "Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight"
Generic synonyms: Block Out, Screen

7. Noun. A subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude. "Don't argue about shades of meaning"
Exact synonyms: Nicety, Nuance, Refinement, Subtlety
Generic synonyms: Import, Meaning, Significance, Signification
Derivative terms: Refine

8. Verb. Vary slightly. "Shade the meaning"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify

9. Noun. A position of relative inferiority. "His brother's success left him in the shade"
Generic synonyms: Inferiority, Lower Rank, Lower Status

10. Verb. Pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree. "The butterfly wings shade to yellow"
Generic synonyms: Change

11. Noun. A slight amount or degree of difference. "The new model is a shade better than the old one"
Exact synonyms: Tad
Generic synonyms: Small Indefinite Amount, Small Indefinite Quantity

12. Noun. A mental representation of some haunting experience. "It aroused specters from his past"
Exact synonyms: Ghost, Specter, Spectre, Spook, Wraith
Generic synonyms: Apparition, Fantasm, Phantasm, Phantasma, Phantom, Shadow
Derivative terms: Ghost, Spook

13. Noun. A representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment).
Generic synonyms: Representation

Definition of Shade

1. n. Comparative obscurity owing to interception or interruption of the rays of light; partial darkness caused by the intervention of something between the space contemplated and the source of light.

2. v. t. To shelter or screen by intercepting the rays of light; to keep off illumination from.

3. v. i. To undergo or exhibit minute difference or variation, as of color, meaning, expression, etc.; to pass by slight changes; -- used chiefly with a preposition, as into, away, off.

Definition of Shade

1. Noun. Darkness where light, particularly sunlight, is blocked. ¹

2. Noun. Something that blocks light, particularly in a window. ¹

3. Noun. A variety of a colour/color, in particular one obtained by adding black (compare tint). ¹

4. Noun. (figuratively) A subtle variation in a concept. ¹

5. Noun. (figuratively) An aspect that is reminiscent of something. ¹

6. Noun. (archaic) A ghost. ¹

7. Noun. (archaic) A creature that is partially human and partially angel. ¹

8. Noun. A postage stamp showing an obvious difference in colour/color to the original printing and needing a separate catalogue/catalog entry. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To shield from light. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To alter slightly. ¹

11. Verb. (intransitive) To vary slightly, particularly in color. ¹

12. Verb. (intransitive) (baseball) When a defensive player moves slightly from his normal fielding position. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To darken, particularly in drawing. ¹

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Definition of Shade

1. to screen from light or heat [v SHADED, SHADING, SHADES]

Medical Definition of Shade

1. 1. To shelter or screen by intercepting the rays of light; to keep off illumination from. "I went to crop the sylvan scenes, And shade our altars with their leafy greens." (Dryden) 2. To shelter; to cover from injury; to protect; to screen; to hide; as, to shade one's eyes. "Ere in our own house I do shade my head." (Shak) 3. To obscure; to dim the brightness of. "Thou shad'st The full blaze of thy beams." (Milton) 4. To pain in obscure colours; to darken. 5. To mark with gradations of light or colour. 6. To present a shadow or image of; to shadow forth; to represent. "[The goddess] in her person cunningly did shade That part of Justice which is Equity." (Spenser) Origin: Shaded; Shading. 1. Comparative obscurity owing to interception or interruption of the rays of light; partial darkness caused by the intervention of something between the space contemplated and the source of light. Shade differs from shadow as it implies no particular form or definite limit; whereas a shadow represents in form the object which intercepts the light. When we speak of the shade of a tree, we have no reference to its form; but when we speak of measuring a pyramid or other object by its shadow, we have reference to its form and extent. 2. Darkness; obscurity; often in the plural. "The shades of night were falling fast." (Longfellow) 3. An obscure place; a spot not exposed to light; hence, a secluded retreat. "Let us seek out some desolate shade, and there Weep our sad bosoms empty." (Shak) 4. That which intercepts, or shelters from, light or the direct rays of the sun; hence, also, that which protects from heat or currents of air; a screen; protection; shelter; cover; as, a lamp shade. "The Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand." (Ps. Cxxi. 5) "Sleep under a fresh tree's shade." (Shak) "Let the arched knife well sharpened now assail the spreading shades of vegetables." (J. Philips) 5. Shadow. "Envy will merit, as its shade, pursue." (Pope) 6. The soul after its separation from the body; so called because the ancients it to be perceptible to the sight, though not to the touch; a spirit; a ghost; as, the shades of departed heroes. "Swift as thought the flitting shade Thro' air his momentary journey made." (Dryden) 7. The darker portion of a picture; a less illuminated part. See Def. 1, above. 8. Degree or variation of colour, as darker or lighter, stronger or paler; as, a delicate shade of pink. "White, red, yellow, blue, with their several degrees, or shades and mixtures, as green only in by the eyes." (Locke) 9. A minute difference or variation, as of thought, belief, expression, etc.; also, the quality or degree of anything which is distinguished from others similar by slight differences; as, the shades of meaning in synonyms. "New shades and combinations of thought." (De Quincey) "Every shade of religious and political opinion has its own headquarters." (Macaulay) The Shades, the Nether World; the supposed abode of souls after leaving the body. Origin: OE. Shade, shadewe, schadewe, AS. Sceadu, scead; akin to OS. Skado, D. Schaduw, OHG. Scato, (gen. Scatewes), G. Schatten, Goth. Skadus, Ir. & Gael. Sgath, and probably to Gr. Darkness. Cf. Shadow, Shed a hat. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Shade

shade (current term)
shade horsetail
shade horsetails
shade off
shade tree
shaded riverine aquatic cover

Literary usage of Shade

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1. Annual ReportGardening (1886)
"He says, use the forest itself, trees and all, for shade. Don't use the fence rows nor the fields, even though they be pasture fields, for some time they ..."

2. The Practical Draughtsman's Book of Industrial Design and Machinist's and by Charles A. Armengaud, William Johnson, Jules Amouroux (1854)
"SURFACES IN THE shade. 294. When a surface in the shade is parallel to the plane of ... Of two parallel surfaces in the shade, that nearer the eye sliould ..."

3. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1915)
"The Frost shade ATS The Frost shade comes to the weed-patch by the wall When ... The Frost shade serves the fairies in her home by the wool-flecked tree, ..."

4. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1894)
"Doubtless the number of insects which feed on the roots of shade trees is large, but the unavoidable difficulties in the way of studying their habits has ..."

5. The Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture: A Discussion for the Amateur, and by Liberty Hyde Bailey (1915)
"Will do well in usual deciduous shade in when planted on a moist bank of ... It will also grow in shade. It likes a heavier soil than most ferns and uniform ..."

6. Biennial Report by Nebraska Roads and Irrigation Dept (1906)
"Bright, medium-shade green paper, dull surface, embossed, with ground of parallel lines in one direction, with fleur de lis and lines in opposite direction. ..."

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