What does shade mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shade, shadiness, shadowinessnoun

    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, tonenoun

    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. shadenoun

    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, refinementnoun

    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. shadenoun

    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, shadenoun

    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, spectrenoun

    a mental representation of some haunting experience

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

  8. shadeverb

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

  9. shadow, shade, shade offverb

    cast a shadow over

  10. shade, fill inverb

    represent the effect of shade or shadow on

  11. shadeverb

    protect from light, heat, or view

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

  12. shadeverb

    vary slightly

    "shade the meaning"

  13. shadeverb

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

    "the butterfly wings shade to yellow"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shadenoun

    Etymology: scadu , Saxon; schade, Dutch.

    Spring no obstacle found here nor shade,
    But all sunshine. John Milton.

    The weaker light unwillingly declin’d,
    And to prevailing shades the murmuring world resign’d. Wentworth Dillon.

    Antigonus, when told that the enemy had such volleys of arrows that hid the sun, said, that falls out well; for this is hot weather, and so we shall fight in the shade. Francis Bacon.

    That high mount of God whence light and shade
    Shine both. John Milton.

    Let us seek out some desolate shade, and there
    Weep our sad bosoms empty. William Shakespeare.

    Regions of sorrow, doleful shades. John Milton.

    Then to the desart takes his flight;
    Where still from shade to shade the son of God,
    After forty days fasting, had remain’d. John Milton.

    The pious prince then seeks the shade,
    Which hides from sight his venerable maid. Dryd.

    Let the arched knife
    Well sharpen’d now assail the spreading shades
    Of vegetables, and their thirsty limbs dissever. Philips.

    In Brazil are trees which kill those that sit under their shade in a few hours. Arbuthnot.

    ’Tis ev’ry painter’s art to hide from sight,
    And cast in shades what seen would not delight. Dryd.

    White, red, yellow, blue, with their several degrees, or shades and mixtures, as green come in only by the eyes. John Locke.

    Envy will merit as its shade pursue. Alexander Pope.

    To Trachin swift as thought the flitting shade
    Thro’ air his momentary journey made. Dryd.

    Ne’er to these chambers where the mighty rest,
    Since their foundation, came a nobler guest;
    Nor e’er was to the bow’rs of bliss convey’d
    A fairer spirit or more welcome shade. Thomas Tickell.

  2. To Shadeverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Thou shad’st
    The full blaze of thy beams, and through a cloud
    Thy skirts appear. John Milton.

    A seraph six wings wore to shade
    His lineaments divine. John Milton.

    And after these, came arm’d with spear and shield
    An host so great, as cover’d all the field:
    And all their foreheads like the knights before,
    With lawrels ever-green were shaded o’er. Dryd.

    I went to crop the sylvan scenes,
    And shade our altars with their leafy greens. Dryd.

    Sing, while beside the shaded tomb I mourn,
    And with fresh bays her rural shrine adorn. Alexander Pope, Wint.

    E’re in our own house I do shade my head,
    The good patricians must be visited. William Shakespeare.

    Leave not the faithful side
    That gave thee being, still shades thee and protects. John Milton.

    The portal shone, inimitable on earth
    By model, or by shading pencil drawn. John Milton.


  1. Shade

    Shade is a song by Australian alternative rock band Silverchair. It was released as the fourth single from their debut album, Frogstomp, in 1995. It was the group's only single not chosen to be on their compilation album The Best of Volume 1. Soundscape Magazine writer Colm Browne wrote that the song has a "terrific sound that is extremely pleasing to listen to. The lyrics are very simple and short but they seem much more heartfelt and that they may relate to the band personally".


  1. shade

    Shade refers to the blocking, reduction, or absence of direct sunlight or brightness caused by an object, structure, or natural feature, such as a tree or cloud, creating a darker or cooler area compared to the surrounding environment. Shade can provide relief from heat, protect against harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, and create a more comfortable environment for living or recreational activities.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shadenoun

    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. Shadenoun

    darkness; obscurity; -- often in the plural

  3. Shadenoun

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

  4. Shadenoun

    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. Shadenoun


  6. Shadenoun

    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. Shadenoun

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

  8. Shadenoun

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

  9. Shadenoun

    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. Shadeverb

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

  11. Shadeverb

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

  12. Shadeverb

    to obscure; to dim the brightness of

  13. Shadeverb

    to pain in obscure colors; to darken

  14. Shadeverb

    to mark with gradations of light or color

  15. Shadeverb

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

  16. Etymology: [See Shade, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shade

    shād, n. partial darkness: interception of light: obscurity: a shady place: protection: shelter: a screen: degree of colour: a very minute change: (paint.) the dark part of a picture: the soul separated from the body: a ghost: (obs., poet.) a bodily shadow: (pl.) the departed spirits, or their unseen abode, Hades.—v.t. to screen from light or heat: to shelter: to mark with gradations of colour: to darken: (Spens.) to foreshadow, represent.—adjs. Shā′ded, marked with gradations of colour: sheltered; Shade′ful, shady; Shade′less, without shade.—n. Shā′der.—adv. Shā′dily.—ns. Shā′diness; Shā′ding, the act of making a shade: the effect of light and shade, as in a picture; Shā′ding-pen, a pen with a broad flat nib.—adj. Shā′dy, having, or in, shade: sheltered from light or heat: (coll.) not fit to bear the light, of dubious honesty or morality. [A.S. sceaduscead, shade.]

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  1. Shade

    a cloudy, ill-defined streak or band.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SHADE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shade is ranked #4919 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shade surname appeared 7,148 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Shade.

    76% or 5,435 total occurrences were White.
    17.2% or 1,232 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 165 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.9% or 141 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.7% or 127 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.6% or 48 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for shade »

  1. hades

  2. deash

  3. sadhe

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shade in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of shade in a Sentence

  1. Benjamin Franklin:

    Hide not your talents, they for use were made. What's a sun-dial in the shade

  2. Dr. Felice Leonardo Buscaglia:

    Don't smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.

  3. Persian Proverb:

    Do not cut down the tree that gives you shade.

  4. Leatrice Eiseman:

    It was related to the mother color of red, which was ardent and passionate and more active, more aggressive. Even though you reduce the shade level, it was a color that was associated with boys.

  5. Alexander Pope, Essay on Man:

    Envy will merit, as its shade, pursue, But, like the shadow, proves the substance true.

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