• The porcupine stood in the shade but the background was light
    The porcupine stood in the shade but the background was light
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shade pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree "the butterfly wings shade to yellow"
    • v shade vary slightly "shade the meaning"
    • v shade protect from light, heat, or view "Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight"
    • v shade represent the effect of shade or shadow on
    • v shade cast a shadow over
    • n shade protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight "they used umbrellas as shades","as the sun moved he readjusted the shade"
    • n shade a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)
    • n shade a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
    • n shade a mental representation of some haunting experience "he looked like he had seen a ghost","it aroused specters from his past"
    • n shade 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"
    • n shade 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"
    • n shade a position of relative inferiority "an achievement that puts everything else in the shade","his brother's success left him in the shade"
    • n shade 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"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

In mid-day the shade of the pines is inviting In mid-day the shade of the pines is inviting
Awful appearance of the Shade of Remus to Romulus Awful appearance of the Shade of Remus to Romulus

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "umbrella" is derived from the Latin root word "umbra", which means shade or shadow
    • Shade 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.""Every shade of religious and political opinion has its own headquarters."
    • Shade 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."
    • Shade 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.
    • Shade Darkness; obscurity; -- often in the plural. "The shades of night were falling fast."
    • Shade 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."
    • Shade Shadow. "Envy will merit, as its shade , pursue."
    • Shade 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.""Sleep under a fresh tree's shade .""Let the arched knife well sharpened now assail the spreading shades of vegetables."
    • Shade (Painting, Drawing, etc) The darker portion of a picture; a less illuminated part. See Def. 1, above.
    • Shade 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."
    • Shade To mark with gradations of light or color.
    • Shade To obscure; to dim the brightness of. "Thou shad'st The full blaze of thy beams."
    • Shade To pain in obscure colors; to darken.
    • Shade 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."
    • Shade To shelter or screen by intercepting the rays of light; to keep off illumination from. "I went to crop the sylvan scenes,
      And shade our altars with their leafy greens."
    • Shade 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."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The eye of a human can distinguish 500 shades of the gray
    • n shade The comparative obscurity, dimness, or gloom caused by the interception or interruption of the rays of light.
    • n shade A place or spot sheltered from the sun's rays; a shaded or shady spot; hence, a secluded or obscure retreat.
    • n shade plural Darkling shadows; darkness which advances as light wanes; darkness: as, the shades of evening.
    • n shade In painting, the dark part or parts of a picture; also, deficiency or absence of illumination.
    • n shade Degree or gradation of defective luminosity in a color: often used vaguely from the fact that paleness, or high luminosity combined with defective chroma, is confounded with high luminosity by itself: as, a dark or deep shade; three different shades of brown. See color, huc, and tint.
    • n shade A small or scarcely perceptible degree or amount; a trace; a trifle.
    • n shade A person's shadow.
    • n shade The soul after its separation from the body: so called because supposed to be perceptible to the sight, but not to the touch; a departed spirit; a ghost: as, the shades of departed heroes.
    • n shade plural The departed spirits, or their unseen abode; the invisible world of the ancients; Hades: with the definite article.
    • n shade A screen; especially, a screen or protection against excessive heat or light; something used to modify or soften the intensity of heat or light: as, a shade for the eyes; a window-shade; a sun shade.
    • n shade Specifically.
    • n shade A colored glass used in a sextant or other optical instrument for solar observation, for toning down and coloring the sun's image, or that of the horizon, in order to make the outlines more distinct and perceptible.
    • n shade A globe, cylinder, or conic frustum of glass, porcelain, or other translucent material surrounding the flame of a lamp or candle, a gas-jet, or the like, to confine the light to a particular area, or to soften and diffuse it.
    • n shade A hollow perforated cylinder used to cover a night- light.
    • n shade A hollow glass covering for protecting ornaments, etc., from dust.
    • n shade A more or less opaque curtain of linen, muslin, paper, or other flexible material, used at a window to exclude light, or to regulate the amount admitted; a blind. Shades are usually attached to a roller actuated by a spring within it, or by a cord.
    • n shade Milit., same as umbrel.
    • n shade Guise; cover.
    • n shade In entomology, a part of a surface, generally without definite borders, where the color is deepened and darkened either by being intensified or by admixture of black: applied especially to dark, ill-defined spaces on the wings of moths, which in some cases are distinguished by specific names: as, the median shade.
    • n shade Same as shutter : as, the shades of the swell-box in a pipe-organ.
    • n shade Synonyms Shade, Shadow. Shade differs from shadow, as it implies no particular form or definite limit, whereas a shadow represents in form the object which intercepts the light. Hence, when we say, let us resort to the shade of a tree, we have no thought of form or size, as of course we have when we speak of measuring a pyramid or other object by its shadow.
    • n shade Apparition, Specter, etc. See ghost.
    • shade To shelter or screen from glare or light; shelter from the light and heat of the sun.
    • shade To hide; screen; shelter; especially, to shelter or screen from injury.
    • shade To cast a shade over; overspread with darkness, gloom, or obscurity; obscure; cast into the shade.
    • shade In drawing and painting:
    • shade To paint in obscure colors; darken.
    • shade To mark with gradations of color.
    • shade To cover with a shade or screen; furnish with a shade or something that intercepts light, heat, dust, etc.
    • shade To typify; foreshow; represent figuratively.
    • shade To place something near enough to the top of (an open organ-pipe) to affect the vibrating air-column, and thus raise the pitch of its tone.
    • shade To place (a gun-barrel) so that about half the interior shall be in shadow, for the purpose of testing the straightness of the bore.
    • shade A dialectal form of shed, shed, and sheath.
    • n shade A material for women's gowns, worn in the eighteenth century.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why the Mexican sombrero hat is so wide is to provide shade for the entire body
    • n Shade shād partial darkness: interception of light: obscurity: a shady place: protection: shelter: a screen: degree of colour: a very minute change: : :
    • v.t Shade to screen from light or heat: to shelter: to mark with gradations of colour: to darken:
    • n Shade shād (paint.) the dark part of a picture: the soul separated from the body: a ghost
    • n Shade shād (obs., poet.) a bodily shadow
    • n Shade shād (pl.) the departed spirits, or their unseen abode, Hades
    • v.t Shade (Spens.) to foreshadow, represent
    • ***


  • Warren Buffett
    “Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “Heaven lies about us in our infancy! Shades of the prison-house begin to close upon the growing boy.”
  • Stonewall Jackson
    Stonewall Jackson
    “Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “False friends are like our shadow, keeping close to us while we walk in the sunshine, but leaving us the instant we cross into the shade.”
  • Baltasar Gracian
    “Never have a companion that casts you in the shade.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade.”


Made in the shade - One has an easy time in life or in a given situation. Finding things working to one's benefit.
Shades of meaning - Shades of meaning is a phrase used to describe the small, subtle differences in meaning between similar words or phrases; 'kid' and 'youth' both refer to young people, but carry differing views and ideas about young people.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shade, shadewe, schadewe, AS. sceadu, scead,; akin to OS. skado, D. schaduw, OHG. scato, (gen. scatewes,), G. schatten, Goth. skadus, Ir. & Gael. sgath, and probably to Gr. sko`tos darkness. √162. Cf. Shadow Shed a hat


In literature:

O shade of John Marshall even, whom we used to think too Federal!
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
The 8c is known entirely imperforate in the blue-grey shade, which was one of the earliest if not the first shade for this stamp.
"The Stamps of Canada" by Bertram Poole
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
Fahrenheit in the shade, 105 deg.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Whatever the cause, we know that it can be prevented by shading the tree trunk.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The shades and colors of the aura present an ever changing kaleidoscopic spectacle, of wonderful beauty and most interesting character.
"The Human Aura" by Swami Panchadasi
Cyanescent: with a deep bluish tinge or shading.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
Which of the two has the heavier shading?
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
He rubbed his eyes and looked through the shaded room, as if to see Euphrosyne's new plaything.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Let smoking brown paper be placed at the open mouth of a glass shade, so that the smoke shall ascend and fill the shade.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall

In poetry:

I see fair women all the day,
They pass and pass—and go;
I almost dream that they are shades
Within a shadow-show.
"The Constant Lover" by Richard Le Gallienne
We found them,--children of toil and tears,
Their birth of beauty shaded;
We left them in their early years
Fallen and faded.
"The Death-Wake, Or Lunacy - Chimera III" by Thomas Stoddart
While he affords his aid
I cannot yield to fear;
Though I should walk through death's dark shade,
My Shepherd's with me there.
"Psalm 23" by Isaac Watts
When the charm at last is fled
From the woodland stark and pale,
And like shades of glad hours dead
Whirl the leaves before the gale:
"The Fair Gray Lady" by Helen Gray Cone
But who is this that hurries on before,
A flitting shade the brooding shades among?—
She turned,—I saw her face,—O God, it wore
The face I used to wear when I was young!
"The Old House" by Amy Levy
There is such love that’s similar to shade:
If it is day – lay by your feet – a hound,
If it is night – embraced you all around…
Be like the shade – together night and day…
"Two Loves" by Innokentii Fedorovich Annensky

In news:

James erotic trilogy, "Fifty Shades of Grey" and local authors see it as a gateway book to greater popularity for.
But 50 Shades of Grey is just the tip of the erotic iceberg.
David King's "Shades of Temptation" at New York-New York.
AND now let's take a walk down the shaded side of the street.
It was a star-studded outing that culminated in a nice pair of shades.
If you listen to some of the songs that Christina Aguilera has recorded, you might think that she's got some sort of 50 Shades of Grey action going on in her bedroom every night .
Who said construction work can't come in a pretty shade of pink.
The understated eye, in subtle shades cued from nature.
Lindsay Lohan shopping for shades in Venice Beach.
That new pair of shades you pick up for summer could help improve someone else's eyesight .
Jane Eyre gets the Fifty Shades of Grey treatment.
I didn't get into the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy -- see Sonya Sorich's blog for her take on the popular erotic novels -- but I'm kind of a fan of the classics, like Jane Eyre .
How is EL James's erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey faring with local women.
Give it sun or part shade.
Shades of "The Grapes of Wrath".

In science:

The all-shaded areas on the left are generally disallowed by the present bound on nucleon stability for both cases, (small tan β , dark) and (large tan β , light) respectively.
From Prototype SU(5) to Realistic SU(7) SUSY GUT
The shaded region shows the range of flux levels due to uncertainity in the maximal energy of primary electrons.
Neutron Stars as Sources of High Energy Particles - the case of RPP
The clusters are shaded and the spanning cluster is shaded dark.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
The points are data and shaded histogram is the Monte Carlo prediction.
Performance of prototype BTeV silicon pixel detectors in a high energy pion beam
These segments are the bases of an isosceles trapezoid that appears shaded in the figure.
Constructing Fresnel reflection coefficients by ruler and compass