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shading

[shey-ding]
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noun
  1. a slight variation or difference of color, character, etc.
  2. the act of a person or thing that shades.
  3. 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
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shading

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