Shade - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ʃeɪd|  American pronunciation of the word shade
Brit.  |ʃeɪd|  British pronunciation of the word shade
- relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body
- a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color (syn: tincture, tint, tone)
- protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight
- a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude (syn: nicety, nuance, refinement, subtlety)
- a position of relative inferiority
- a slight amount or degree of difference (syn: tad)
- a mental representation of some haunting experience (syn: ghost, specter, spectre, spook, wraith)
- a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)
- a protective ornamental covering for a lamp, used to screen a light bulb from direct view (syn: lampshade)
- cast a shadow over (syn: shadow)
- represent the effect of shade or shadow on (syn: fill in)
- protect from light, heat, or view
- vary slightly
- pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree


The buildings cast shade on the plaza.

The tree provided plenty of shade.

These plants grow well in shade.

It was a hot sunny day, but luckily their seats for the game were in the shade.

We sat in the shade of a willow tree.

He used his hand as a shade as he looked out into the bright sunlight.

a lamp with a broken shade

She pulled down the shades.

She was wearing a cool pair of shades.

Several large trees shade the house.

She shaded the drawing to give it depth.

The shaded part of the graph represents the amount of sales.

The article shaded the truth by revealing only one side of the story.

I have chosen to remain in the shade.

Look at all these kids' games - shades of my childhood.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: shade
he/she/it: shades
present participle: shading
past tense: shaded
past participle: shaded
singular: shade
plural: shades
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