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the comparative darkness caused by the interception or screening of rays of light from an object, place, or area.
a place or an area of comparative darkness, as one sheltered from the sun.
a lampshade.
darkness gathering at the close of day: Shades of night are falling.
Informal. sunglasses.
a reminder of something: shades of the Inquisition.
Usually, shades. a secluded or obscure place: He was living in the shades.
comparative obscurity.
a specter or ghost.
Greek and Roman Religion. one of the spirits of the dead inhabiting Hades.
a shadow.
the degree of darkness of a color, determined by the quantity of black or by the lack of illumination.
comparative darkness, as the effect of shadow or dark and light, in pictorial representation; the dark part, or a dark part, of a picture or drawing.
a slight variation or degree: a shade of difference.
a little bit; touch, especially of something that may change the color of or lighten or darken something else: coffee with a shade of cream.
anything used for protection against excessive light, heat, etc.
(in architectural shades and shadows) a shadow upon those parts of a solid that are tangent to or turned away from the parallel rays from the theoretical light source. Compare shadow ( def 11 ).
the shades, Hades, as the abode of the spirits of the dead.
verb (used with object), shaded, shading.
to produce shade in or on.
to obscure, dim, or darken.
to screen or hide from view.
to protect (something) from light, heat, etc., by or as by a screen: to shade the eyes from a bright light.
to cover or screen (a candle, light, etc.): to shade a light to protect the eyes.
Fine Arts.
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 in (a drawn figure, object, etc.), especially in order to create the illusion of three-dimensionality.
to change by imperceptible degrees into something else.
to reduce (the price) by way of a concession.
verb (used without object), shaded, shading.
to pass or change by slight graduations, as one color, quality, or thing into another.
Verb phrases
shade up, Agriculture. to take shelter (as livestock) from the sun.
cast/put someone in/into the shade, to make another person's efforts seem insignificant by comparison; surpass: Her playing puts mine in the shade.

before 900; 1960–65 for def 28; (noun) Middle English s(c)hade, Old English sceadu (see shadow); cognate with German Schatten, Gothic skadus, Greek skótos; (v.) Middle English schaden, derivative of the noun

shadeless, adjective
shadelessness, noun
intershade, verb (used with object), intershaded, intershading.
semishade, noun
unshade, verb (used with object), unshaded, unshading.

color, hue, shade, tint (see synonym study at the current entry).

1. obscurity, gloom, dusk. Shade, shadow imply partial darkness or something less bright than the surroundings. Shade indicates the lesser brightness and heat of an area where the direct rays of light do not fall: the shade of a tree. It differs from shadow in that it implies no particular form or definite limit, whereas shadow often refers to the form or outline of the object that intercepts the light: the shadow of a dog. 8. apparition, phantom, spirit. 13. bit. 14. trace, hint, suggestion. 15. veil, screen. See curtain. 19. cloud, blur, obfuscate. 20. conceal, shelter.

1. light, glare.

3. See window shade. Unabridged
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shade (ʃeɪd)
1.  relative darkness produced by the blocking out of light
2.  a place made relatively darker or cooler than other areas by the blocking of light, esp sunlight
3.  a position of relative obscurity
4.  something used to provide a shield or protection from a direct source of light, such as a lampshade
5.  a darker area indicated in a painting, drawing, etc, by shading
6.  a colour that varies slightly from a standard colour due to a difference in hue, saturation, or luminosity: a darker shade of green
7.  a slight amount: a shade of difference
8.  literary a ghost
9.  an archaic word for shadow
10.  put in the shade to appear better than (another); surpass
11.  to screen or protect from heat, light, view, etc
12.  to make darker or dimmer
13.  to represent (a darker area) in (a painting, drawing, etc), by means of hatching, using a darker colour, etc
14.  (also intr) to change or cause to change slightly
15.  to lower (a price) slightly
[Old English sceadu; related to Gothic skadus, Old High German skato, Old Irish scāth shadow, Greek skotos darkness, Swedish skäddä fog]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. sceadu "shade, shadow, darkness," also "shady place, protection from glare or heat," from P.Gmc. *skadwo (cf. O.S. skado, M.Du. scade, Du. schaduw, O.H.G. scato, Ger. Schatten, Goth. skadus), from PIE *skotwa, from base *skot- "dark, shade" (cf. Gk. skotos "darkness," Alb. kot "darkness," O.Ir.
scath, O.Welsh scod, Bret. squeut "darkness"). Meaning "grade of color" first recorded 1690 (cf. Fr. nuance, from nue "cloud"). Meaning "ghost" is from 1616. Sense of "window blind" first recorded 1867, Amer.Eng. The verb meaning "to screen from light or heat" is recorded from c.1400.
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