Origin of shading
- 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.
Origin of shade
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Related Words for shadingdim, darken, shield, mute, conceal, blacken, obscure, gray, protect, hide, umbrage, shelter, overshadow, screen, cover, adumbrate, shutter, deepen, shadow, eclipse
Examples from the Web for shading
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 26, 2014
It's about 10-12 feet high, maybe more, shading her windows and dropping leaves into her yard.Should Cities Ban Invasive Plants?
February 8, 2013
At the dress rehearsal she stopped in mid-squat and, shading her eyes, peered out into the auditorium.Kevin Spacey on Casino Jack
December 14, 2010
Her characters are two-dimensional with no shading, nuance, or mixed emotions.Capitalism's Wicked Witch
November 27, 2009
The shading in of human particulars is what makes this so unsettling.Obama's Euthanasia Mistake
August 11, 2009
Historical Examples of shading
"It is the Seneschal of Toulouse, with his following," said Johnston, shading his eyes with his hand.
"I can also see it," said Alleyne, shading his eyes with his hand.
He bade her follow him; and, shading the light with his hand, crept up the stairs.Night and Morning, Complete
The hand did duty now for a moment, shading his eyes from the light.
The man sat up, and shading his eyes with his hand peered at us.My Double Life
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.