• WordNet 3.6
    • n nuance 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nuance A shade of difference; a delicate gradation.
    • Nuance A small difference in meaning, significance, or expression.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nuance Any one of the different gradations by which a color passes from its lightest to its darkest shade; a shade of difference or variation in a color.
    • n nuance A delicate degree of difference in anything, as perceived by any of the senses or by the intellect: as, nuances of sound or of expression.
    • n nuance In music:
    • n nuance A shading or coloring of a phrase or passage by variations either of tempo or of force. Such effects are often indicated by various arbitrary marks or by Italian or other terms, called marks of expression, but the more delicate are left to the taste and skill of the performer. The treatment of subtle nuances is the test of executive and artistic power.
    • n nuance A florid vocal passage; fioritura.
    • nuance To shade and give delicate tones of expression to, as a piece of music or a picture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Nuance nū-ans′ a delicate degree or shade of difference perceived by any of the senses, or by the intellect.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. nubes, a cloud.


In literature:

It was nuance of idiom that threw me.
"The Short Life" by Francis Donovan
The morning advanced in rose and pearl nuances.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
They do not understand me; the big noisy boors do not understand rhythm or nuance.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
Morals and mores, and nuances of behavior.
"Exile from Space" by Judith Merril
She transcribed as one to whom the magic and delicate nuances of life are revealed.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
The nuances of our coatings were accidental.
"Merchantmen-at-Arms" by David W. Bone
He had an ear for the most subtle nuances of the voice.
"Clever Hans" by Oskar Pfungst
Perhaps it was the same relish with which a condemned prisoner consumes his last meal, the delight in every taste, every nuance.
"Project Daedalus" by Thomas Hoover
It's a game heavy with nuance.
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
In truth, there's room for plenty of nuances.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
The result will be rich enough in nuances.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
Nuances were never neglected, neither were they in excess.
"Memories of a Musical Life" by William Mason
Each company established for the performance of this comedy gave a fresh nuance to the combinations which the show permitted.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi; Volume the first" by Count Carlo Gozzi
Before I had any chance to discuss the nuances of a clean-up's walk in life, Fritz was pointing out a new source of molten danger.
"Steel" by Charles Rumford Walker
Nuance and overtones not dazzling tropical hues or rhythmical variety.
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
The worse fault is to deprive it, by a useless surplus of tone-colours, of that suppleness and subtlety of nuance which is its principal charm.
"Handel" by Romain Rolland
The nuance is ruler now.
"Franz Liszt" by James Huneker
On the landward side of the railroad undulate the hills in soft nuances of green, speckled and flecked with ever-changing light and shade.
"Vistas in Sicily" by Arthur Stanley Riggs
The air she sings expresses a complicated nuance of passion.
"The Complete Opera Book" by Gustav Kobbé
In addition to the nuances of pronunciation already alluded to, there is a semi-musical modulation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 8" by Various

In poetry:

You will come, with your slim, expressive arms,
A poise of the head no sculptor has caught
And nuances spoken with shoulder and neck,
Your face in a pass-and-repass of moods
As many as skies in delicate change
Of cloud and blue and flimmering sun.
"Dream Girl" by Carl Sandburg

In news:

However, in Entrée to Murder, these scenes played out in a rush, not pausing to add any nuance or depth into flat characters.
If you're looking for subtlety and nuance, you've come to the wrong spot.
Bundled payment experts share several strategies to help hospitals prepare for the nuances and challenges of the new payment model.
Salma Hayek has added a 30-shade nail polish collection to her growing beauty brand, Nuance Salma Hayek .
CVS/pharmacy officially has announced the launch of its exclusive beauty collection, Nuance Salma Hayek , developed in partnership with actress Salma Hayek .
Guimarães then repeats the routine, down to every nuance, including the "Looks like you've done this before" crack, and "Now that you've seen this card, that experience can never be repeated" — which it just was.
I've been reading the comments of some of my friends/colleagues who are WAY smarter about the nuances of "Lost" than I am, and who did not care for last night's episode.
In Robert Lindsay's nuanced portrayal of Jericho we see a man surveying a city changing beyond recognition in front of his very eyes.
A group of South African students and an aid agency in Norway are using humor to demand nuance in aid campaigns.
Radiologists will be able to report dosages using Nuance's PowerScribe platform, which allows clinicians to manage documentation in their workflow using speech.
Linda Cardellini's nuanced take on a mother searching for her place is finely observed.
Nuance Adds Voice Recognition To Mobile EHRs.
Operates a proprietary platform that allows marketers to reach audiences based on the nuances of consumers' belief systems and values.
A few product reviewers out there have their own nuanced way of saying things, so here are the translations for those not familiar with this unique language.
Even his simplest images are packed with nuance, composed with a literary quality that pulls the viewer deeper.

In science:

We caught during the year two firm yeses, two firm nos, five probable yeses, five probable nos, three decline-to-states, plus some more nuanced considerations, for instance that the properties of the sources brighter than 1040 erg s−1 (assuming isotropy) are different from those of the fainter ones (Liu et al. 2006c).
Astrophysics in 2006
Is it also the best? Well, make up your own mind over the next 25 pages or thereabouts, or skip to the end for our nuanced vote.
Astrophysics in 2006
In practice both terms can be used, but there are some nuances.
Cold Dark Clouds: The Initial Conditions for Star Formation
Fig. 2 summarizes the low energy behavior of σ/E for CC events (solid line), as predicted by the NUANCE neutrino event generator.9 The quasi-elastic, single pion and deep inelastic contributions are indicated by the broken curves.
Neutrino Experiments
So, again, don’t come to these notes expecting a detailed discussion of every nuance of these concepts.
A Simple Introduction to Particle Physics Part II
It is true that the SR includes also the classical laws but only in limits and with some nuances due to different groups of symmetries.
On a Schwarzschild like metric
On the other hand, decay rates associated to ν ≤ 1/2 are too slow for condition (13) to hold when n ≪ p, and rates corresponding to ν ∈ ( 1 2 , 1) lead to a more nuanced competition between p and n.
A More Powerful Two-Sample Test in High Dimensions using Random Projection
In fact the situation is much more nuanced, with many naive computations simply failing to explain the data.
Heavy Flavour Spectroscopy
Advocates of one approach or the other (or of a nuanced combination) need to more explicitly note and discuss this incommensurability, especially with nonexperts seeking to choose between approaches.
Bayesian astrostatistics: a backward look to the future
Examples of analogous words such as these can always be argued to differ in nuance; but the difference is slight and appears to be less that the difference between the precise functions of standard biological analogues such as the functions of fins of fishes and the paddles of whales.
Does Meaning Evolve?
In 1972, Geroch, Penrose, and Kronheimer in [GKP] introduced a boundaryconstruction method for any strongly causal spacetime, a method which was conformally invariant, hence, a function only of the causal structure of the spacetime, insensitive to nuances of curvature and metric save in the grossest sense.
Boundaries on Spacetimes: An Outline
We can motivate this use of Q in a less nuanced, more direct way.
Physical limits of inference
Refer to E ⊥(U ) and E ⊤ (U ) above, for every open U ⊆ X , to understand the nuance between E ⊥ and E ⊤ .
Abstract Geometric Algebra. Orthogonal and Symplectic Geometries
The latter work is probably the closest to our present work since it can handle heteroscedastic data as well, however, a subtle nuance exists between the two methods.
Non-asymptotic model selection for linear non least-squares estimation in regression models and inverse problems
Further, deploying more nuanced version of the jet material of section 4 over certain types of infinite points in the jet fibers, we intend to prove results on regularity of solutions of partial differential operators, linear or nonlinear, whose symbols satisfy certain properness conditions.
Generalized solutions of nonlinear differential equations A nonstandard jets approach