Definition of Shade

Pronunciation: shād
n.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.
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.
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.
v. t.1.To shelter or screen by intercepting the rays of light; to keep off illumination from.
[imp. & p. p. Shaded; p. pr. & vb. n. Shading.]
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.
[The goddess] in her person cunningly did shade
That part of Justice which is Equity.
- Spenser.
v. i.1.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.

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