- 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.
- shade cloth,
- shade deck,
- shade tree,
Origin of shade
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for shadeless
The background of mountains which in the morning had been so shadeless was now almost wholly in shadow.
Let the reader imagine a long street, very crowded, and about noon shadeless, with the thermometer at 98° in the sun.Impressions of America|Tyrone Power
Dawn came round, and the sun sprang up all ruddy, as if but too eager to send his scorching beams upon the shadeless veldt.Tales of South Africa|H.A. Bryden
Brighton is near, Brighton is shadeless, Brighton under the June sunshine is hot.
The sun waxed hotter and hotter, yet somehow she preferred the shadeless glare to the dour interior of the hut.John Ames, Native Commissioner|Bertram Mitford
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for shade
Middle English schade, Kentish ssed, from late Old English scead "partial darkness; shelter, protection," also partly from sceadu "shade, shadow, darkness; shady place, arbor, protection from glare or heat," both from Proto-Germanic *skadwaz (cf. Old Saxon skado, Middle Dutch scade, Dutch schaduw, Old High German scato, German Schatten, Gothic skadus), from PIE *skot-wo-, from root *skot- "dark, shade" (cf. Greek skotos "darkness, gloom," Albanian kot "darkness," Old Irish scath, Old Welsh scod, Breton squeut "darkness," Gaelic sgath "shade, shadow, shelter").
Figurative use in reference to comparative obscurity is from 1640s. Meaning "a ghost" is from 1610s; dramatic (or mock-dramatic) expression "shades of _____" to invoke or acknowledge a memory is from 1818, from the "ghost" sense. Meaning "lamp cover" is from 1780. Sense of "window blind" first recorded 1845. Meaning "cover to protect the eyes" is from 1801. Meaning "grade of color" first recorded 1680s; that of "degree or gradiation of darkness in a color" is from 1680s (cf. nuance, from French nue "cloud"). Meaning "small amount or degree" is from 1782.
c.1400, "to screen from light or heat," from shade (n.). From 1520s as "to cast a shadow over;" figurative use in this sense from 1580s. Sense in painting and drawing is from 1797. In reference to colors, 1819. Related: Shaded; shading.