shading

[ shey-ding ]
/ ˈʃeɪ dɪŋ /

noun

a slight variation or difference of color, character, etc.
the act of a person or thing that shades.
the representation of the different values of color or light and dark in a painting or drawing.

Nearby words

  1. shade-tree,
  2. shaded,
  3. shades,
  4. shades of,
  5. shadfly,
  6. shadkhan,
  7. shadoof,
  8. shadow,
  9. shadow bands,
  10. shadow box

Origin of shading

First recorded in 1605–15; shade + -ing1

Origin of shade

before 900; 1960–65 for def 29; (noun) Middle English s(c)hade, Old English sceadu (see shadow); cognate with German Schatten, Gothic skadus, Greek skótos; (v.) Middle English schaden, derivative of the noun

Related forms
Can be confusedcolor hue shade tint

Synonym study

1. Shade, shadow imply partial darkness or something less bright than the surroundings. Shade indicates the lesser brightness and heat of an area where the direct rays of light do not fall: the shade of a tree. It differs from shadow in that it implies no particular form or definite limit, whereas shadow often refers to the form or outline of the object that intercepts the light: the shadow of a dog. 15. See curtain.

Regional variation note

3. See window shade.

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British Dictionary definitions for shading

shading

/ (ˈʃeɪdɪŋ) /

noun

the graded areas of tone, lines, dots, etc, indicating light and dark in a painting or drawing

shade

/ (ʃeɪd) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Formsshadeless, adjective

Word Origin for shade

Old English sceadu; related to Gothic skadus, Old High German skato, Old Irish scāth shadow, Greek skotos darkness, Swedish skäddä fog

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Word Origin and History for shading
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