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.

Origin of shading

First recorded in 1605–15; shade + -ing1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shadings

Contemporary Examples of shadings

  • We hang on the shadings of the famous Consumer Confidence Index, but how much of it is drug-induced?

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    Anti-Depressant Nation

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    October 5, 2008

Historical Examples of shadings

British Dictionary definitions for shadings



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