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

First recorded in 1605–15; shade + -ing1
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Related Words for shadings

complexion, shading, variegation, quality, decline, veil, shroud, diminution, obliteration, extinction, concealment, dimming, penumbra, occultation, imbuement, intinction, extinguishment, obscuration

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British Dictionary definitions for shadings


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