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.
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.
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;1960-65for def 28; (noun) Middle Englishs(c)hade,Old Englishsceadu (see shadow); cognate with GermanSchatten,Gothicskadus,Greekskótos; (v.) Middle Englishschaden, derivative of the noun
intershade, verb (used with object), intershaded, intershading.
unshade, verb (used with object), unshaded, unshading.
Can be confused
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.
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.