Origin of shading
- 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.
Origin of shade
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for shading
Along the way, I got an education in shading, depth, perspective, and all the other basics of drawing.There’s Nothing Wrong—and a Lot That’s Right—About Copying Other Artists|Malcolm Jones|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It's about 10-12 feet high, maybe more, shading her windows and dropping leaves into her yard.
At the dress rehearsal she stopped in mid-squat and, shading her eyes, peered out into the auditorium.
Her characters are two-dimensional with no shading, nuance, or mixed emotions.
The shading in of human particulars is what makes this so unsettling.
So perfect was the shading of the scallops, that it looked like a most delicate work of art rather than the production of nature.In the Rocky Mountains|W. H. G. Kingston
She looked at him critically from under her shading lashes—but her eyes grew gentler almost at once.The Magnificent Ambersons|Booth Tarkington
She held the light before Hugh, shading it with her veil, for his eyes were dazed with long gazing into darkness.Red Pottage|Mary Cholmondeley
She rose up, took the light and went out, shading the light with her hand in order to see through the darkness.Original Short Stories, Volume 9 (of 13)|Guy de Maupassant
Then there is the infinite diversity of coloring—the soft brown, the shading off into pale yellow, and the delicate May-green.
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.