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 shade shade

noun

  • () relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body  ( shadiness, shadowiness, shade )
    relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body
     it is much cooler in the shade
    it is much cooler in the shade
     there's too much shadiness to take good photographs
    there's too much shadiness to take good photographs
  • () a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color  ( tincture, tint, tone, shade )
    a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
     after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted
    after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted
  • () protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight  ( shade )
    protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight
     they used umbrellas as shades
    they used umbrellas as shades
     as the sun moved he readjusted the shade
    as the sun moved he readjusted the shade
  • () a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude  ( nicety, refinement, subtlety, nuance, shade )
    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
     without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor
    without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor
     don't argue about shades of meaning
    don't argue about shades of meaning
  • a protective ornamental covering for a lamp, used to screen a light bulb from direct view  ( lamp shade, lampshade, shade )
    a protective ornamental covering for a lamp, used to screen a light bulb from direct view
  • a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)  ( shade )
    a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)
  • a mental representation of some haunting experience  ( shade, spectre, spook, wraith, ghost, specter )
    a mental representation of some haunting experience
     he looked like he had seen a ghost
    he looked like he had seen a ghost
     it aroused specters from his past
    it aroused specters from his past
  • a slight amount or degree of difference  ( shade, tad )
    a slight amount or degree of difference
     a tad too expensive
    a tad too expensive
     not a tad of difference
    not a tad of difference
     the new model is a shade better than the old one
    the new model is a shade better than the old one
  • a position of relative inferiority  ( shade )
    a position of relative inferiority
     an achievement that puts everything else in the shade
    an achievement that puts everything else in the shade
     his brother's success left him in the shade
    his brother's success left him in the shade
  • verb

  • () cast a shadow over  ( shade off, shadow, shade )
    cast a shadow over
  • () protect from light, heat, or view  ( shade )
    protect from light, heat, or view
     Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight
    Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight
  • () represent the effect of shade or shadow on  ( fill in, shade )
    represent the effect of shade or shadow on
  • pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree  ( shade )
    pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree
     the butterfly wings shade to yellow
    the butterfly wings shade to yellow
  • vary slightly  ( shade )
    vary slightly
     shade the meaning
    shade the meaning