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[n] protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight; "they used umbrellas as shades"; "as the sun moved he readjusted the shade"
[n] a representation of the effect of shade in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)
[n] a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color; "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
[n] a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"
[n] a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude; "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"; "don't argue about shades of meaning"
[n] a slight amount or degree of difference; "a tad too expensive"; "not a tad of difference"; "the new model is a shade better than the old one"
[n] a position of relative inferiority; "an achievement that puts everything else in the shade"; "his brother's success left him in the shade"
[n] 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"
[v] protect from light, heat, or view; "Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight"
[v] represent the effect of shade or shadow on
[v] cast a shadow over

Misc. Definitions

\Shade\, v. i. [See {Shade}, n.] To undergo or exhibit minute difference or variation, as of color, meaning, expression, etc.; to pass by slight changes; -- used chiefly with a preposition, as into, away, off. This small group will be most conveniently treated with the emotional division, into which it shades. --Edmund Gurney.
\Shade\ (sh[=a]d), n. [OE. shade, shadewe, schadewe, AS. sceadu, scead; akin to OS. skado, D. schaduw, OHG. scato, (gen. scatewes), G. schatten, Goth. skadus, Ir. & Gael. sgath, and probably to Gr. sko`tos darkness. [root]16
2. Cf. {Shadow}, {Shed} a hat.]
1. Comparative obscurity owing to interception or interruption of the rays of light; partial darkness caused by the intervention of something between the space contemplated and the source of light. Note: Shade differs from shadow as it implies no particular form or definite limit; whereas a shadow represents in form the object which intercepts the light. When we speak of the shade of a tree, we have no reference to its form; but when we speak of measuring a pyramid or other object by its shadow, we have reference to its form and extent.
2. Darkness; obscurity; -- often in the plural. The shades of night were falling fast. --Longfellow.
3. An obscure place; a spot not exposed to light; hence, a secluded retreat. Let us seek out some desolate shade, and there Weep our sad bosoms empty. --Shak.
4. That which intercepts, or shelters from, light or the direct rays of the sun; hence, also, that which protects from heat or currents of air; a screen; protection; shelter; cover; as, a lamp shade. The Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. --Ps. cxxi.
5. Sleep under a fresh tree's shade. --Shak. Let the arched knife well sharpened now assail the spreading shades of vegetables. --J. Philips.
5. Shadow. [Poetic.] Envy will merit, as its shade, pursue. --Pope.
6. The soul after its separation from the body; -- so called because the ancients it to be perceptible to the sight, though not to the touch; a spirit; a ghost; as, the shades of departed heroes. Swift as thought the flitting shade Thro' air his momentary journey made. --Dryden.
7. (Painting, Drawing, etc.) The darker portion of a picture; a less illuminated part. See Def. 1, above.
8. Degree or variation of color, as darker or lighter, stronger or paler; as, a delicate shade of pink. White, red, yellow, blue, with their several degrees, or shades and mixtures, as green only in by the eyes. --Locke.
9. A minute difference or variation, as of thought, belief, expression, etc.; also, the quality or degree of anything which is distinguished from others similar by slight differences; as, the shades of meaning in synonyms. New shades and combinations of thought. --De Quincey. Every shade of religious and political opinion has its own headquarters. --Macaulay. {The Shades}, the Nether World; the supposed abode of souls after leaving the body.
\Shade\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shading}.]
1. To shelter or screen by intercepting the rays of light; to keep off illumination from. --Milton. I went to crop the sylvan scenes, And shade our altars with their leafy greens. --Dryden.
2. To shelter; to cover from injury; to protect; to screen; to hide; as, to shade one's eyes. Ere in our own house I do shade my head. --Shak.
3. To obscure; to dim the brightness of. Thou shad'st The full blaze of thy beams. --Milton.
4. To pain in obscure colors; to darken.
5. To mark with gradations of light or color.
6. To present a shadow or image of; to shadow forth; to represent. [Obs.] [The goddess] in her person cunningly did shade That part of Justice which is Equity. --Spenser.

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