Definition of "shade" []

  • Light diminished in intensity as a result of the interception of the rays; partial darkness. (noun)
  • An area or a space of partial darkness. (noun)
  • Cover or shelter provided by interception by an object of the sun or its rays. (noun)
  • Any of various devices used to reduce or screen light or heat. (noun)
  • Slang Sunglasses. (noun)
  • Relative darkness produced by the blocking out of light (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A place made relatively darker or cooler than other areas by the blocking of light, esp sunlight (noun)
  • A position of relative obscurity (noun)
  • Something used to provide a shield or protection from a direct source of light, such as a lampshade (noun)
  • A darker area indicated in a painting, drawing, etc, by shading (noun)
  • A colour that varies slightly from a standard colour due to a difference in hue, saturation, or luminosity (noun)
  • A slight amount (noun)
  • A ghost (noun)
  • To screen or protect from heat, light, view, etc (verb)
  • To make darker or dimmer (verb)
  • To represent (a darker area) in (a painting, drawing, etc), by means of hatching, using a darker colour, etc (verb)
  • To change or cause to change slightly (verb)
  • To lower (a price) slightly (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "shade" in a sentence
  • ""It must be a very delicate shade of drab," she wrote, and lest he should get too intense an idea, she would call it a _tint_ of a _shade_ of drab, or, better yet, a _hint_ of a tint of a shade of drab would describe exactly what she meant, and be so entirely unique, and lovely, and recherché."
  • "The label shade echoes the mascara shade, and it's a good representation."
  • "Only early spring bloomers, like the hepaticas and trilliums, grow in what we call shade -- though at the time of their growth and bloom they have the sunlight through the leafless tree branches."