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window shade

a shade or blind for a window, as a sheet of cloth or paper on a spring roller.
Also called blind, window blind.
Origin of window shade
First recorded in 1800-10
Regional variation note
Shade is used widely for window shade, although blind is common in the Midland U.S. (as well as in Great Britain), and curtain is used chiefly in New England and the South Atlantic states. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The window shade was but partially drawn and beneath it he could see into the room.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • "It is Miss Randolph—" said the doctor, after he had drawn up the window shade.

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • The brightness of the window shade told her that the sun was clear.

    The Pagan Madonna Harold MacGrath
  • There was hardly a window shade in the neighborhood, nor a curtain either.

    The New Education Scott Nearing
  • “David came yesterday,” Fanny said working nervously at the window shade.

    At Fault Kate Chopin.
  • Involuntarily Johnny allowed his eyes to stray to the window shade.

    Red Dynamite Roy J. Snell
  • He couldn't believe that the light at his window shade was really that of morning.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • But Cranston only laughed and tied Lennox's feet with a cord from the window shade.

    The Voice of the Pack Edison Marshall
  • Adair, with his eye at a hole in a window shade, gave his attention to the attack.

    Empire Builders

    Francis Lynde
  • Uncle Ben sat down in the one arm-chair and waited while Ned locked the door and pulled down every window shade.

    The Blue Birds' Winter Nest Lillian Elizabeth Roy

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