- darkness gathering at the close of day: Shades of night are falling.
- Informal. sunglasses.
- a reminder of something: shades of the Inquisition.
verb (used with object), shad·ed, shad·ing.
- 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.
verb (used without object), shad·ed, shad·ing.
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What is a basic definition of shade?
Shade is darkness created from something blocking light or a lighter or darker variation of a color. Shade also means to block light. The word shade has several other senses as a verb and a noun.
When something creates a shadow by blocking light, we say that it provides shade or causes shade. Usually, shade specifically refers to darkness caused by blocking sunlight, but it can result from light of any kind being blocked. If something gives shade or has a lot of shade, we say that it is shady.
- Real-life examples: Trees, umbrellas, and awnings are examples of things that often provide shade.
- Used in a sentence: I hid from the hot sun under the shade of the oak tree.
Shade also refers to a lighter or darker variation of color. You might like a dark blue, while your friend prefers a lighter shade of blue. The darker shade a color is, the more black it has in it. In contrast, a tint of a color is created when more white is added to it.
- Used in a sentence: I prefer the darker shade of green leaves become in the summer.
Shade also means to provide shadow or to shield something from light.
- Used in a sentence: I shaded my eyes from the bright lights.
The slang phrase to throw shade at someone means to insult or criticize them in an artful but indirect way.
- Used in a sentence: Isabella was so good at throwing shade that her targets often thought she was complimenting them.
Where does shade come from?
The first records of shade come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English sceadu, meaning “shadow.”
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What are some other forms related to shade?
- shady (adjective)
- shadeless (adjective)
- shadelessness (noun)
- intershade (verb)
- semishade (noun)
- unshade (verb)
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How is shade used in real life?
Shade is a common word that most often means shadow or darkness caused by something blocking light.
OK, so it's 9 o'clock and 90 degrees. Where are all those trees they took out at Oakmont? I need some shade!
— Ron Sirak (@ronsirak) July 8, 2010
With every degree the weather rises, so does my eagerness to order a hefty case of beers and hide in the shade.
— Dave Jewitt (@IrregularDave) August 6, 2020
— Uncle Dubbies (@P_Dubbel) January 21, 2021
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Example sentences from the Web for shade
The poor representation of people of color from around the world, and their range of facial features and skin shades, creates what researchers have called a “demographic bias” built into the technology.
That means the upper tiers of Wrigley are closer to the playing surface than those of parks that opened from 1992 to 2017, which have an average lower-deck shade of 26 percent.MLB’s Newest Ballpark Is A Shift Away From Retro-Era Stadiums|Travis Sawchik|July 16, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
In the videos the dogs lie around, keeping cool in the shade.How to Make Meetings Less Terrible (Ep. 389 Rebroadcast)|Stephen J. Dubner|May 28, 2020|Freakonomics
Another element to note was a slight front projection of the skull that not only provided the user with some shade but also provided practical protection from downward angled sword blows aimed at the head.Know Your Ancient Greek Helmets: From Attic to Phrygian|Dattatreya Mandal|May 19, 2020|Realm of History
Trees provide homes for animals and shade for people on hot days.
Petty, shade, and thirst are my favorite human “virtues” and the trifecta of any good series of “stories.”‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist|Judnick Mayard|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It took me 1,015 strokes to see this shade of green in a world of orange, and my jaw nearly dropped.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art|Alec Kubas-Meyer|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
But publicly throwing shade at Louis Vuitton wasn't Kanye's first fashion faux pas.Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s Balmain Campaign: High Fashion Meets Low Culture|Amy Zimmerman|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Later schools empty out children, who race over to play games in the shade.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind|Brin-Jonathan Butler|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the summer and in hotter regions, they provide shade for parked cars, preventing them from getting too hot.
The Seneschal leaned back, and was concerned to feel his pulses throbbing a shade too quickly.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
The seeds of some species are of a dark brown while others are of a lighter shade.
Lady Maude sat alone in her room; the white robes upon her, the orthodox veil, meant to shade her fair face thrown back from it.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
Nothing will be easier then to throw the Poles into the shade of the picture, or to occupy the foreground with a brilliant review.
Grandfather Mole demanded of Mr. Meadow Mouse, almost as soon as he had stepped just outside the shade of the toadstool.The Tale of Grandfather Mole|Arthur Scott Bailey