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Meaning & Definition of Shade in English

English

Shade

/ʃed/

noun

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • shade
  • ,
  • shadiness
  • ,
  • shadowiness

2. A quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

  • "After several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
    synonym:
  • shade
  • ,
  • tint
  • ,
  • tincture
  • ,
  • tone

3. Protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight

  • "They used umbrellas as shades"
  • "As the sun moved he readjusted the shade"
    synonym:
  • shade

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • nuance
  • ,
  • nicety
  • ,
  • shade
  • ,
  • subtlety
  • ,
  • refinement

5. A position of relative inferiority

  • "An achievement that puts everything else in the shade"
  • "His brother's success left him in the shade"
    synonym:
  • shade

6. 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"
    synonym:
  • tad
  • ,
  • shade

7. A mental representation of some haunting experience

  • "He looked like he had seen a ghost"
  • "It aroused specters from his past"
    synonym:
  • ghost
  • ,
  • shade
  • ,
  • spook
  • ,
  • wraith
  • ,
  • specter
  • ,
  • spectre

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

    synonym:
  • shade

verb

1. Cast a shadow over

    synonym:
  • shadow
  • ,
  • shade
  • ,
  • shade off

2. Represent the effect of shade or shadow on

    synonym:
  • shade
  • ,
  • fill in

3. Protect from light, heat, or view

  • "Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight"
    synonym:
  • shade

4. Vary slightly

  • "Shade the meaning"
    synonym:
  • shade

5. Pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree

  • "The butterfly wings shade to yellow"
    synonym:
  • shade

Examples of using

An old tree provides shade.
Keep in the shade.
And when he was tired, he would sleep in her shade.