- 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.
- shade cloth,
- shade deck,
- shade tree,
Origin of shade
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Examples from the Web for 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|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|David Freedlander|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
This, alas, was the point when Fifty Shades of Grey had somehow storyline-mashed with Gone Girl.
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)|Michael Cohen|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It seems always the glorious prototype of Mariposilla, who ever stole its fickle lights and shades.Mariposilla|Mary Stewart Daggett
Jenny Lind has latterly slipped from the public eye into the shades of her newly-found domestic life.
Elizabeth Barrett ran up the shades and flung open the shutters.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 2 of 14|Elbert Hubbard
Indian red and Tuscan red, of shades suited to the shades of the wine color afford excellent ground colors.Practical Carriage and Wagon Painting|Mayton Clarence Hillick
She couldn't have told just why she had bought those three shades of paper cambric.The Real Adventure|Henry Kitchell Webster
verb (mainly tr)
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.