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Dictionary definition for: Shade

1. (n) 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"

2. (v) cast a shadow over

3. (n) 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"

4. (v) represent the effect of shade or shadow on

5. (n) protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight; "they used umbrellas as shades" "as the sun moved he readjusted the shade"

6. (v) protect from light, heat, or view; "Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight"

7. (n) 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"

8. (n) a position of relative inferiority; "an achievement that puts everything else in the shade" "his brother''s success left him in the shade"

9. (n) 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"

10. (n) a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost" "it aroused specters from his past"

11. (n) a representation of the effect of shade in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)

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