- darkness gathering at the close of day: Shades of night are falling.
- 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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Related Words for shadesshadow, awning, curtain, tinge, stain, tint, tone, hint, variation, variety, dim, darken, shield, mute, conceal, blacken, obscure, darkness, dusk, screen
Examples from the Web for shades
Contemporary Examples of shades
Lacey Noonan's A Gronking to Remember makes 50 Shades of Grey look like Madame Bovary in terms of its literary sophistication.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
And we do mean drunken—in the keep your kids at home, pull the shades kind of drunken.Before the Bros, SantaCon Was as an Anti-Corporate Protest
December 12, 2014
Click on it, gaze over it, and think about which of those states in the two shades of light blue might rush to buy into Obamacare.Will GOP Govs Really Rescue Obamacare?
November 12, 2014
This, alas, was the point when Fifty Shades of Grey had somehow storyline-mashed with Gone Girl.Jian Ghomeshi’s Very Canadian Sex Scandal
October 29, 2014
But Poitras and her colleagues have little interest in that sort of shades of gray complexity.‘Citizenfour’ Is Mesmerizing (If You Don’t Mind the Omissions)
October 20, 2014
Historical Examples of shades
For more than an hour, there was perfect stillness, as the shades of evening deepened.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
This impenetrableness, my dear, is to be put among the shades in his character.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
The shades on the corridor windows here will be up, and Garson will see them taken in.Within the Law
The shades of his windows had been lowered against the heat.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Of course the wolver could see nothing of the Coyote, for the shades were falling.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
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Word Origin for shade
"sunglasses," 1958, American English, plural of shade (n.).
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.