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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shadeʃeɪd(n.; v.)shad•ed, shad•ing.

  1. (n.)the comparative darkness caused by the screening of rays of light from an object or area.

  2. a place or an area of comparative darkness, as one sheltered from the sun.

  3. Ref: window shade.

  4. Ref: lampshade .

  5. shades, darkness gathering at the close of day. Informal. sunglasses. a reminder of something:

    shades of the Inquisition.

    Category: Status (usage)

  6. comparative obscurity.

  7. the disembodied spirit of a dead person, esp. an ancestor.

  8. the degree of darkness of a color, determined by the quantity of black or by the lack of illumination.

    Category: Fine Arts

  9. a dark part of a picture or drawing.

    Category: Fine Arts

  10. a slight amount or degree:

    a shade of difference; coffee with a shade of cream.

  11. anything used for protection against excessive light, heat, etc.

  12. a shadow.

  13. (v.t.)to produce shade in or on.

  14. to obscure, dim, or darken.

  15. to screen or hide from view.

  16. to protect by or as if by a screen.

  17. to introduce degrees of darkness into (a drawing or painting) in order to render light and shadow or give the effect of color. to render the values of light and dark on (a drawn figure, object, etc.), esp. in order to create an illusion of three-dimensionality.

    Category: Fine Arts

  18. to change by imperceptible degrees.

  19. to reduce (a price) by degrees.

  20. (v.i.)to change by slight graduations.

Origin of shade:

bef. 900; (n.) ME s(c)hade, OE sceadu (see shadow ); c. OS skado, OHG scato, Go skadus, Gk skótos


Princeton's WordNet

  1. shade, shadiness, shadowiness(noun)

    relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body

    "it is much cooler in the shade"; "there's too much shadiness to take good photographs"

  2. shade, tint, tincture, tone(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"

  3. shade(noun)

    protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight

    "they used umbrellas as shades"; "as the sun moved he readjusted the shade"

  4. nuance, nicety, shade, subtlety, refinement(noun)

    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

    "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"

  5. shade(noun)

    a position of relative inferiority

    "an achievement that puts everything else in the shade"; "his brother's success left him in the shade"

  6. tad, shade(noun)

    a slight amount or degree of difference

    "a tad too expensive"; "not a tad of difference"; "the new model is a shade better than the old one"

  7. ghost, shade, spook, wraith, specter, spectre(noun)

    a mental representation of some haunting experience

    "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"

  8. shade(verb)

    a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)

  9. shadow, shade, shade off(verb)

    cast a shadow over

  10. shade, fill in(verb)

    represent the effect of shade or shadow on

  11. shade(verb)

    protect from light, heat, or view

    "Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight"

  12. shade(verb)

    vary slightly

    "shade the meaning"

  13. shade(verb)

    pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree

    "the butterfly wings shade to yellow"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. shade(noun)ʃeɪd

    darkness produced by an object blocking the sun

    We sat in the shade of the oak tree.

  2. shadeʃeɪd

    a particular form of a color

    a beautiful shade of blue/red/green etc.

  3. shadeʃeɪd

    sth that blocks light

    a lamp shade

  4. shadeʃeɪd

    a window blind

    Pull down the shades.

  5. shadeʃeɪd

    a particular form or level

    different shades of opinion/meaning

  6. shadeʃeɪd

    the dark areas in a picture

    the artist's use of light and shade

  7. shadeʃeɪd


  8. shade(verb)ʃeɪd

    to block a bright light

    an umbrella to shade us from the sun

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shade(noun)

    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. Shade(noun)

    darkness; obscurity; -- often in the plural

  3. Shade(noun)

    an obscure place; a spot not exposed to light; hence, a secluded retreat

  4. Shade(noun)

    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

  5. Shade(noun)


  6. Shade(noun)

    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

  7. Shade(noun)

    the darker portion of a picture; a less illuminated part. See Def. 1, above

  8. Shade(noun)

    degree or variation of color, as darker or lighter, stronger or paler; as, a delicate shade of pink

  9. Shade(noun)

    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

  10. Shade(verb)

    to shelter or screen by intercepting the rays of light; to keep off illumination from

  11. Shade(verb)

    to shelter; to cover from injury; to protect; to screen; to hide; as, to shade one's eyes

  12. Shade(verb)

    to obscure; to dim the brightness of

  13. Shade(verb)

    to pain in obscure colors; to darken

  14. Shade(verb)

    to mark with gradations of light or color

  15. Shade(verb)

    to present a shadow or image of; to shadow forth; to represent


  1. Shade

    Shade is the blocking of sunlight by any object, and also the shadow created by that object. Shade also consists of the colors grey, black, white, etc. It may refer to blocking of sunlight by a roof, a tree, an umbrella, a window shade or blind, curtains, or other objects. Shade is an important issue in temperate and tropical zones for providing cooling and shelter from the sun.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shade' in Nouns Frequency: #1671

Translations for shade

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


slight darkness caused by the blocking of some light

I prefer to sit in the shade rather than the sun.

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