1 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" [syn: shadiness, shadowiness]
2 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" [syn: tint, tincture, tone]
3 protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight; "they used umbrellas as shades"; "as the sun moved he readjusted the shade"
4 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" [syn: nuance, nicety, subtlety, refinement]
5 a position of relative inferiority; "an achievement that puts everything else in the shade"; "his brother's success left him in the shade"
6 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" [syn: tad]
7 a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past" [syn: ghost, spook, wraith, specter, spectre]
8 a representation of the effect of shade in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)
2 represent the effect of shade or shadow on [syn: fill in]
3 protect from light, heat, or view; "Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight"
Etymology 1Old English sceadu
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- Rhymes with: -eɪd
- Darkness where
sunlight, is blocked.
- The old oak tree gave shade in the heat of the day.
- Something that blocks light, particularly in a window.
- Close the shade, please, it's too bright in here.
- A variety of a colour/color, in particular one obtained by
adding black (compare
- I've painted my room in five lovely shades of pink and chartreuse.
- A subtle variation in
- shades of meaning
- A ghost.
- Too long have I been haunted by that shade.
- A creature that is partially human and partially angel.
- He was attacked by a Shade.
- A postage stamp showing an obvious difference in colour/color to the original printing and needing a separate catalogue/catalog entry.
darkness where light is blocked
- Albanian: hije
- Catalan: ombra
- Croatian: sjena
- Dutch: schaduw
- Esperanto: ombro
- Finnish: varjo
- French: ombre
- German: Schatten
- Greek: σκιά (skiá)
- Hungarian: árnyék
- Italian: ombra
- Japanese: (, kage)
- Sorani: سێبهر
- Old English: sceadu
- Polish: cień
- Portuguese: sombra
- Romanian: umbră
- Russian: тень
- Slovak: tien
- Telugu: నీడ (neeDa)
something that blocks light, particularly in a window
variety of color
subtle variation in a concept
archaic: a ghost
- French: esprit, ombre
- Portuguese: espectro, sombra
Etymology 2Old English sceadwian
- To shield from light.
- The old oak tree shaded the lawn in the heat of the day.
- To alter slightly.
- You'll need to shade your shot slightly to the left.
- Most politicians will shade the truth if it helps them.
- You'll need to shade your shot slightly to the left.
- To vary slightly, particularly in color.
- The hillside was bright green, shading towards gold in the drier areas.
- When a defensive player moves slightly from his normal fielding
- Jones will shade a little to the right on this pitch count.
to shield from light
to alter slightly
to vary slightly, particularly in color
Shade is the blocking of sunlight (in particular direct sunshine) by any object, and also the shadow created by that object. It may refer to blocking of sunlight by a roof, a tree, an umbrella, a window shade or blind, curtains, or other objects.
Shade is an important issue in temperate and tropical zones for providing cooling and shelter from the sun. Providing certain configurations of shading is an important passive solar technique. This may be done with overhangs, with shade trees, or with vines. Vines particularly suited for this purpose include Boston ivy, Virginia creeper, and morning glory.
Shading using non-living materials blocks the sun, but also results in sunlight being absorbed and re-radiated as heat, or in sunlight being reflected as glare. Green plants, on the other hand, not only absorb a significant portion of the sunlight to invest as energy in photosynthesis to produce sugar, but also actively transpire, producing an additional cooling effect.
In gardening terms, there are various types of shade:
- Full sun - more than five hours of direct sun per day.
- Part shade - two to five hours of direct sun, or all-day dappled sun (sunlight shining through open trees).
- Full shade - less than two hours of direct sun per day.
shade in French: Ombre (lumière)
shade in Simple English: Shade
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