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[shey-ding] /ˈʃeɪ dɪŋ/
a slight variation or difference of color, character, etc.
the act of a person or thing that shades.
the representation of the different values of color or light and dark in a painting or drawing.
Origin of shading
First recorded in 1605-15; shade + -ing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Everywhere he sees the shadings, the blending of the meaning of words.

  • Does the artist use his colors in proper tones and shadings?

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 10

    Charles Herbert Sylvester
  • Of course, differences of temperament and shadings of opinion exist.

    Syndicalism in France Louis Levine
  • With every changing angle of the sun the colors and shadings also changed.

  • Deep, full colors are less affected by the shadings in artificial illuminants than lighter tones of the same color.

    Color Value C. R. Clifford
  • Now he can make roses in their natural colorings and shadings, and buds that are not wholly a dull, dead green!

    Candy-Making Revolutionized Mary Elizabeth Hall
  • Some of the newer varieties have flowers that rival the Gloxinias in shadings and markings.

  • Color very dark velvety maroon with shadings of bright scarlet around each petal; small yellow disk.

    Talks about Flowers. M. D. Wellcome
  • Ruling machines are used to make the backgrounds of portraits, the shadings of letters and similar work.

    What Philately Teaches

    John N. Luff
British Dictionary definitions for shadings


the graded areas of tone, lines, dots, etc, indicating light and dark in a painting or drawing
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