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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. 2017.
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  • There is little room for shadings, amicable approachments, progress in the direction of reciprocal enlightenment.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • Of course, differences of temperament and shadings of opinion exist.

    Syndicalism in France Louis Levine
  • Sidwell leaned a bit forward, his face, handsome in spite of its shadings of discontent, clear in the light.

    Ben Blair Will Lillibridge
  • With every changing angle of the sun the colors and shadings also changed.

  • Everywhere he sees the shadings, the blending of the meaning of words.

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

    Color Value C. R. Clifford
  • The web of life's daily run, with its strange mixing and blending, shadings and tints, is of His weaving.

  • 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
  • Cross-breeding is the great cause of the shadings between domestic races.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
British Dictionary definitions for shadings


the graded areas of tone, lines, dots, etc, indicating light and dark in a painting or drawing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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