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    shade

    shade - Dictionary definition and meaning for word shade

    Definition
    (noun) relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body
    Synonyms : shadiness , shadowiness
    Example Sentence
    • it is much cooler in the shade
    • there's too much shadiness to take good photographs
    Definition
    (noun) a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
    Synonyms : tincture , tint , tone
    Example Sentence
    • after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted
    Definition
    (noun) protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight
    Example Sentence
    • they used umbrellas as shades
    • as the sun moved he readjusted the shade
    Definition
    (noun) a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
    Synonyms : nicety , nuance , refinement , subtlety
    Example Sentence
    • without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor
    • don't argue about shades of meaning
    Definition
    (noun) a position of relative inferiority
    Example Sentence
    • an achievement that puts everything else in the shade
    • his brother's success left him in the shade
    Definition
    (noun) a slight amount or degree of difference
    Synonyms : tad
    Example Sentence
    • a tad too expensive
    • not a tad of difference
    • the new model is a shade better than the old one
    Definition
    (noun) a mental representation of some haunting experience
    Synonyms : ghost , specter , spectre , spook , wraith
    Example Sentence
    • he looked like he had seen a ghost
    • it aroused specters from his past
    Definition
    (noun) a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment) Definition
    (verb) cast a shadow over
    Synonyms : shade off , shadow
    Definition
    (verb) represent the effect of shade or shadow on
    Synonyms : fill in
    Definition
    (verb) protect from light, heat, or view
    Example Sentence
    • Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight
    Definition
    (verb) vary slightly
    Example Sentence
    • shade the meaning
    Definition
    (verb) pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree
    Example Sentence
    • the butterfly wings shade to yellow
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for shade

SHADE and GRADE which are rhyming words refer to a degree or ratio of something, for example, a degree or shade of colour.

shade sounds like fade (lack of color) .... shade means slight degree of color

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