the comparative darkness caused by the interception or screening of rays of light from an object, place, or area.
a place or an area of comparative darkness, as one sheltered from the sun.
darkness gathering at the close of day:
Shades of night are falling.
a reminder of something:
shades of the Inquisition.
Usually, shades. a secluded or obscure place:
He was living in the shades.
a specter or ghost.
Greek and Roman Religion. one of the spirits of the dead inhabiting Hades.
the degree of darkness of a color, determined by the quantity of black or by the lack of illumination.
comparative darkness, as the effect of shadow or dark and light, in pictorial representation; the dark part, or a dark part, of a picture or drawing.
a slight variation or degree:
a shade of difference.
a little bit; touch, especially of something that may change the color of or lighten or darken something else:
coffee with a shade of cream.
anything used for protection against excessive light, heat, etc.
(in architectural shades and shadows) a shadow upon those parts of a solid that are tangent to or turned away from the parallel rays from the theoretical light source.
Compare shadow (def 11).
the shades, Hades, as the abode of the spirits of the dead.
verb (used with object), shaded, shading.
to produce shade in or on.
to obscure, dim, or darken.
to screen or hide from view.
to protect (something) from light, heat, etc., by or as by a screen:
to shade the eyes from a bright light.
to cover or screen (a candle, light, etc.):
to shade a light to protect the eyes.
to introduce degrees of darkness into (a drawing or painting) in order to render light and shadow or give the effect of color.
to render the values of light and dark in (a drawn figure, object, etc.), especially in order to create the illusion of three-dimensionality.
to change by imperceptible degrees into something else.
to reduce (the price) by way of a concession.
verb (used without object), shaded, shading.
to pass or change by slight graduations, as one color, quality, or thing into another.
shade up, Agriculture. to take shelter (as livestock) from the sun.
cast / put someone in / into the shade, to make another person’s efforts seem insignificant by comparison; surpass:
Her playing puts mine in the shade.
gathering darkness at nightfall
a slang word for sunglasses
(often capital) the shades, a literary term for Hades
(foll by of) undertones or suggestions: shades of my father!
relative darkness produced by the blocking out of light
a place made relatively darker or cooler than other areas by the blocking of light, esp sunlight
a position of relative obscurity
something used to provide a shield or protection from a direct source of light, such as a lampshade
a darker area indicated in a painting, drawing, etc, by shading
a colour that varies slightly from a standard colour due to a difference in hue, saturation, or luminosity: a darker shade of green
a slight amount: a shade of difference
(literary) a ghost
an archaic word for shadow
put in the shade, to appear better than (another); surpass
verb (mainly transitive)
to screen or protect from heat, light, view, etc
to make darker or dimmer
to represent (a darker area) in (a painting, drawing, etc), by means of hatching, using a darker colour, etc
(also intransitive) to change or cause to change slightly
to lower (a price) slightly
- Shades of
A reminder of a person or situation in the past. For example, He really played a fine game for a fifty-year-old—shades of his high school triumphs, or They found themselves alone on the beach—shades of their childhood summers together. [ Mid-1800s ]
noun 1. a tree planted or valued for its shade.
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