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Webster's Dictionary [1]

(1): ( v. t.) To shelter; to cover from injury; to protect; to screen; to hide; as, to shade one's eyes.

(2): ( n.) The darker portion of a picture; a less illuminated part. See Def. 1, above.

(3): ( n.) 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.

(4): ( v. t.) To shelter or screen by intercepting the rays of light; to keep off illumination from.

(5): ( n.) 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.

(6): ( n.) Shadow.

(7): ( v. t.) To pain in obscure colors; to darken.

(8): ( v. t.) To mark with gradations of light or color.

(9): ( v. t.) To present a shadow or image of; to shadow forth; to represent.

(10): ( v. t.) To obscure; to dim the brightness of.

(11): ( n.) 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.

(12): ( n.) An obscure place; a spot not exposed to light; hence, a secluded retreat.

(13): ( n.) Darkness; obscurity; - often in the plural.

(14): ( n.) 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.

(15): ( n.) Degree or variation of color, as darker or lighter, stronger or paler; as, a delicate shade of pink.

(16): ( n.) 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.

King James Dictionary [2]

Shade, n. L. scutum, a shield.

1. Literally, the interception, cutting of or interruption of the rays of light hence, the obscurity which is caused by such interception. Shad 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 reference to its form but when we speak of measuring a pyramid or other object by its shadow, we have reference to its extent. 2. Darkness obscurity as the shades of night. 3. An obscure place, properly in a grove or close wood, which precludes the sun's rays an hence, a secluded retreat.

Let us seek out some desolate shade, and there

Weep our sad bosoms empty. Shak.

4. A screen something that intercepts light or heat. 5. Protection shelter. See Shadow. 6. In painting, the dark part of the picture. 7. Degree or gradation of light.

White, red, yellow, blue, with their several degrees, or shades and mixtures, as green, come only in by the eyes. Locke.

8. A shadow. See Shadow.

Envy will merit, as its shade, pursue. Pope. This is allowable in poetry.

9. The soul, after its separation from the body so called because the ancients supposed it to be perceptible to the sight, not to the touch a spirit aghost as the shades of departed heroes.

Swift as thought, the flitting shade- Dryden.


1. To shelter or screen from light by intercepting its rays and when applied to the rays of the sun, it segnifies to shelter from light and heat as, a large tree shades the plants under its branches shaded vegetables rarely come to perfection.

I went to the sylvan scenes,

And shade our altars with their leafy greens. Dryden.