shade1 [ʃeıd] n
1¦(out of sunlight)¦
2¦(for blocking light)¦
3 shades
4¦(in a picture)¦
6 shade of meaning/opinion/feeling etc
7 a shade
8 shades of somebody/something
9 put somebody/something in the shade
10 have it made in the shade
[: Old English; Origin: sceadu]
slight darkness or shelter from the direct light of the sun made by something blocking it
a plant that needs a lot of shade
in the shade (of sth)
Let's find a table in the shade.
She was sitting in the shade of a large oak tree.
The temperature was over 90 degrees in the shade.
see usage noteshadow1
a) something you use to reduce or block light
The shade on the lamp was slightly crooked.
3.) shades [plural] informal
4.) ¦(IN A PICTURE)¦[U]
the dark places in a picture
strong contrasts of light and shade
5.) ¦(COLOUR)¦
a particular type of red, green, blue etc
shade of
a bright shade of pink
6.) shade of meaning/opinion/feeling etc
a meaning etc that is slightly different from other ones
= ↑nuance
There is room in the Democratic party for many shades of opinion.
7.) a shade
formal very slightly
a shade too big/hot/fast etc
Matt's clothes were just a shade too big for me.
a shade better/quicker/faster etc
The results were a shade better than we expected.
a shade over/under/above etc
She was a shade under five feet tall.
8.) shades of sb/sth
used to say that someone or something reminds you of another person or thing
The food was horrible, (shades of school dinners).
9.) put sb/sth in the shade
to be so good or impressive that other similar things or people seem much less important or interesting
They're planning a festival that will put all the others in the shade.
10.) have it made in the shade
AmE informal to be extremely rich - used humorously
shade 2
shade2 v [T]
1.) to protect something from direct light
Shading her eyes, Anita scanned the horizon.
2.) also shade in sth
to make part of a picture or drawing darker
She shaded in the circles in the last two letters.
shade into [shade into sth] phr v
if one thing shades into another, it is difficult to know where one stops and another starts
His impatience shaded into anger.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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