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Definition of shade:

  1. 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.
  2. An obscure place; a spot not exposed to light; hence, a secluded retreat.
  3. 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.
  4. Darkness; obscurity; - often in the plural.
  5. Degree or variation of color, as darker or lighter, stronger or paler; as, a delicate shade of pink.
  6. Shadow.
  7. 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.
  8. The darker portion of a picture; a less illuminated part. See Def. 1, above.
  9. 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.
  10. To mark with gradations of light or color.
  11. To obscure; to dim the brightness of.
  12. To pain in obscure colors; to darken.
  13. To present a shadow or image of; to shadow forth; to represent.
  14. To shelter or screen by intercepting the rays of light; to keep off illumination from.
  15. To shelter; to cover from injury; to protect; to screen; to hide; as, to shade one's eyes.
  16. To undergo or exhibit minute difference or variation, as of color, meaning, expression, etc.; to pass by slight changes; - used chiefly with a preposition, as into, away, off.

Synonyms:

materialization, shadow, ghostwriter, dark glasses, whole step, semblance, whole tone, glimmer, extinguish, colors, gradation, suspicion, purification, polish, spirit, contact, subtlety, specter, curtain rod, civilization, whiff, devil, full-length, finish, spark, be an inspiration to someone, stand out, peanuts, dram, show, dash, supernatural, chromatic, knock your socks off, murk, discoloration, nuance, speck, vision, ace, covering, lace curtain, type, skosh, variation, contact lens, caricature, ounce, bench, bogey, earpiece, sprite, big, penumbra, suggestion, lounger, a monument to something, apparition, coloring, shade off, ghostly, tint, eyewear, stand in, nip, taxonomy, a little, cross section, taster, timber, flavor, shadowiness, bogeyman, look, spook, culture, weirdie, shadows, dwarf, crumb, block out, tad, variety, eyeglasses, be really/quite something, intimation, smidgen, rightness, exceed (someone's) expectations, twilight, beach chair, haunt, lawn chair, taste, daemon, depth, light, sketch, refining, quality, color scheme, fragment, fantasm, chaise, hair, bridge, chaise lounge, driblet, draw, candlelight, redraw, trace, spot, scintilla, revenant, roller blind, spatter, take your breath away, phantasma, complete, sort, a bit, make an impression, shades, frames, nicety, whisker, make a favorable impression (on someone), whisper, fraction, visitant, strain, reminder, ghost, flash, wraith, flavour, ray, weirdy, weirdo, dryad, aide-memoire, four-eyes, sample, streak, gloaming, musical note, little, jalousie, phantasm, colouring, justness, poltergeist, shred, sprinkling, blackness, snap, doppelganger, commend itself (to someone), sub, category, step, fill in, cast, tincture, guardian angel, creep, civilisation, mite, vestige, classification, being, smell, tinge, drapes, keepsake, hant, dusk, brolly, chaise longue, bit, substitute, kind, note, rough out, feel, memento, touch, elaboration, refinement, lick, cultivation, piece, genie, souvenir, fill out, pure tone, make out, cut out, timbre, hint, soup├žon, contrast, proposal, shadiness, semidarkness, splash, feeling, deck chair, tonicity, etch, tone of voice, niceness, umbra, bifocals, darkness, overshadow, scruple, breath, dab, eidolon, grouping, night, familiar spirit, illustrate, tone, phantom, black, dimness, class, tonus, gloom, umbrage, bogle, spectre, smack.

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