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SHADE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does shade mean? 

SHADE (noun)
  The noun SHADE has 8 senses:

1. relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body
2. a quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color
3. protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight
4. a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
5. a position of relative inferiority
6. a slight amount or degree of difference
7. a mental representation of some haunting experience
8. a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)

  Familiarity information: SHADE used as a noun is common.


SHADE (verb)
  The verb SHADE has 3 senses:

1. cast a shadow over
2. represent the effect of shade or shadow on
3. protect from light, heat, or view

  Familiarity information: SHADE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SHADE (noun)


Sense 1shade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

shadowiness; shadiness; shade

Context examples:

it is much cooler in the shade / there's too much shadiness to take good photographs

Hypernyms ("shade" is a kind of...):

semidarkness (partial darkness)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shade"):

shadow (shade within clear boundaries)


Sense 2shade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A quality of a given color that differs slightly from a primary color

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

tint; shade; tincture; tone

Context example:

after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted

Hypernyms ("shade" is a kind of...):

color; coloring; colour; colouring (a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shade"):

mellowness (a soft shade of a color)

richness (a strong deep vividness of hue)

tinge; undertone (a pale or subdued color)


Sense 3shade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Context examples:

they used umbrellas as shades / as the sun moved he readjusted the shade

Hypernyms ("shade" is a kind of...):

protection; protective cover; protective covering (a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "shade"):

lamp shade; lampshade (a protective ornamental shade used to screen a light bulb from direct view)

parasol; sunshade (a handheld collapsible source of shade)

sun visor (a shade (sometimes of green mica) affixed above the windshield of an automobile)


Sense 4shade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

nuance; subtlety; nicety; shade; refinement

Context examples:

without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor / don't argue about shades of meaning

Hypernyms ("shade" is a kind of...):

import; meaning; significance; signification (the message that is intended or expressed or signified)


Sense 5shade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A position of relative inferiority

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context examples:

an achievement that puts everything else in the shade / his brother's success left him in the shade

Hypernyms ("shade" is a kind of...):

inferiority; lower rank; lower status (the state of being inferior)


Sense 6shade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A slight amount or degree of difference

Classified under:

Nouns denoting quantities and units of measure

Synonyms:

tad; shade

Context examples:

a tad too expensive / not a tad of difference / the new model is a shade better than the old one

Hypernyms ("shade" is a kind of...):

small indefinite amount; small indefinite quantity (an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude)


Sense 7shade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mental representation of some haunting experience

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

ghost; wraith; specter; spectre; spook; shade

Context examples:

he looked like he had seen a ghost / it aroused specters from his past

Hypernyms ("shade" is a kind of...):

apparition; fantasm; phantasm; phantasma; phantom; shadow (something existing in perception only)


Sense 8shade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("shade" is a kind of...):

representation (a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something)


SHADE (verb)


Sense 1shade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cast a shadow over

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Synonyms:

shade; shade off; shadow

Hypernyms (to "shade" is one way to...):

bedim; obscure; overcloud (make obscure or unclear)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2shade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Represent the effect of shade or shadow on

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

fill in; shade

Hypernyms (to "shade" is one way to...):

paint (make a painting)

draw (represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface)

Domain category:

art; artistic creation; artistic production (the creation of beautiful or significant things)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "shade"):

crosshatch (shade with multiple crossing lines)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3shade [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Protect from light, heat, or view

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight

Hypernyms (to "shade" is one way to...):

block out; screen (prevent from entering)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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