[ UK /ʃˈe‍ɪd/ ]
[ US /ˈʃeɪd/ ]
  1. represent the effect of shade or shadow on
  2. protect from light, heat, or view
    Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight
  3. cast a shadow over
  4. vary slightly
    shade the meaning
  5. pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree
    the butterfly wings shade to yellow
  1. a mental representation of some haunting experience
    it aroused specters from his past
    he looked like he had seen a ghost
  2. relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body
    it is much cooler in the shade
    there's too much shadiness to take good photographs
  3. a protective ornamental covering for a lamp, used to screen a light bulb from direct view
  4. a position of relative inferiority
    his brother's success left him in the shade
    an achievement that puts everything else in the shade
  5. a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)
  6. protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight
    as the sun moved he readjusted the shade
    they used umbrellas as shades
  7. a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
    after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted
  8. a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
    don't argue about shades of meaning
    without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor
  9. a slight amount or degree of difference
    the new model is a shade better than the old one
    not a tad of difference
    a tad too expensive
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How To Use shade In A Sentence

  • She was carrying her overnight case and a basket of dried flowers-statice, strawflower, and immortelle in the pastel colors referred to in seed catalogues as "art shades": fawn, apricot, mauve, and pale yellow. Incubus
  • Along the rural lanes beyond Arambol, old farmhouses are enclosed in latticed palm shade.
  • A sudden gust of wind blew his sunshade inside out.
  • Her eyes were a light shade of blue, dominating her pale face.
  • For shade, the ramada, a classic freestanding, open-air structure, is still a common feature in desert gardens.
  • The question was tinged with a touch of sarcasm that made her embarrassed flush renew its bright shade and caused her to clench her fists.
  • On fair skin, pale shades are delicate enough not to overpower your colouring.
  • Thus, this festival brings together the richness of the Indian kitchen with its spices and subtle shades of taste and texture.
  • Trees lined the sidewalks, creating shade for relaxing walks on summer days.
  • A swarm of princesses totter on stage, got up like topiary on legs in every shade of scarlet, crimson, cerise, cochineal, each foolishly imagining Prince Charming must choose her as his red queen. Cendrillon; Rinaldo – review
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