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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun shade:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb shade:


The word shade is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun shade

What does shade mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: shades

  1. relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body
    • example: it is much cooler in the shade
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of shade: shadiness / shadowiness
    • more generic word: semidarkness = partial darkness
    • more specific word: shadow = shade within clear boundaries
  2. a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
    • example: after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of shade: tincture / tint / tone
    • more generic words: color / coloring / colour / colouring = a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect
    • more specific words:
  3. protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight
    • examples: they used umbrellas as shades | as the sun moved he readjusted the shade
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: protection / protective cover / protective covering = a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury
    • more specific terms:
      • sunshade / parasol = a handheld collapsible source of shade
      • sun visor = a shade (sometimes of green mica) affixed above the windshield of an automobile
  4. a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
  5. a position of relative inferiority
    • examples: an achievement that puts everything else in the shade | his brother's success left him in the shade
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic terms: inferiority / lower rank / lower status = the state of being inferior
  6. a slight amount or degree of difference
  7. a mental representation of some haunting experience
  8. a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: representation = a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
  9. a protective ornamental covering for a lamp, used to screen a light bulb from direct view

Alternative definition of the noun shade


  1. [uncountable] Darkness where light, particularly sunlight, is blocked.
  2. [countable] Something that blocks light, particularly in a window.
  3. [countable] A variety of a colour/color, in particular one obtained by adding black (compare tint).
  4. [figuratively] A subtle variation in a concept.
  5. [archaic] A ghost.
  6. [archaic] A creature that is partially human and partially angel.
  7. [countable] A postage stamp showing an obvious difference in colour/color to the original printing and needing a separate catalogue/catalog entry.

Definition of the verb shade

What does shade mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: shaded | shading | shades

  1. cast a shadow over
    • lexical domain: Weather - verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering
    • synonyms of shade: shade off / shadow
    • more generic word: darken = make dark or darker
  2. represent the effect of shade or shadow on
  3. protect from light, heat, or view
    • example: Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, arbitrary control with -ing]I defended building the house
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Proposition, possessive with -ing]I defended their building the house
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I defended them
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] against [Proposition, not sentential clause]I defended them against the charges

      Defend Verbs (with the same syntax): defend, insulate, insure, preserve, protect.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: block out / screen = prevent from entering
  4. vary slightly
    • example: shade the meaning
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
  5. pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree
    • example: the butterfly wings shade to yellow
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: change = undergo a change; become different in essence

Alternative definition of the verb shade


  1. [transitive] To shield from light.
  2. [transitive] To alter slightly.
  3. [intransitive] To vary slightly, particularly in color.
  4. [intransitive] [baseball] When a defensive player moves slightly from his normal fielding position.
  5. [transitive] To darken, particularly in drawing.


  1. "Shade" is a 2003 neo-noir crime drama starring Stuart Townsend, Gabriel Byrne, Thandie Newton, Jamie Foxx, Roger Guenveur Smith, Melanie Griffith and Sylvester Stallone. The film follows a trio of grifters who attempt to set up a legendary card sharp nicknamed "The Dean". The film is a complex web of interwoven and branching scenes and flashbacks.
  2. "Shade" is a 2006 short drama film written and directed by Kimberly Williams.


"Shade" is a psychological horror interactive fiction game written and published by Andrew Plotkin in 2000.

  • also known as Shade: A Brief Story
  • mode: Single-player video game
  • developer: Andrew Plotkin
  • genres: Adventure game, Interactive fiction, Psychological horror
  • released on (15 years ago)
  • award:
    • XYZZY Award for Best Game
    • XYZZY Award for Best Writing
    • XYZZY Award for Best Story
    • XYZZY Award for Best Setting
    • XYZZY Award for Best Use of Medium
    • XYZZY Award for Best Individual PC (The player character)
    • XYZZY Award for Best Setting


  1. The Shade is a comic book character developed in the 1940s for National Comics, first appearing in the pages of Flash Comics in a story titled The Man Who Commanded the Night, scripted by Gardner Fox and illustrated by Hal Sharp. Debuting as a villain, the Shade was best known for fighting against two generations of superheroes, most notably the Golden Age and Silver Age versions of the Flash. He eventually became a mentor for Jack Knight, the son of the Golden Age Starman Ted Knight, a hero the Shade had also fought.
  2. Shade is a fictional character from the 2005 anime TV series, Fushigiboshi no Futagohime.
    • also known as シェイド, Sheido

There are other characters with in their name, like John Shade.


  1. "Shade" is a song by Australian alternative rock band Silverchair. It was released as the fourth single from their debut album, Frogstomp, in 1995. It was the group's only single not chosen to be on their compilation album The Best of Volume 1.
  2. "Shade" is a studio album by Murray Head. It was released in 1983.
  3. "Shade" is a studio album by Holly Cole. It was released in Canada in 2003 on Alert Records.
    • genre: Jazz
    • released on (12 years ago)
    • award:
      • Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year nomination for Holly Cole
      • Juno Award for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year, received by Holly Cole
  4. "Shade" is the twelfth maxi single by Dragon Ash; released in 2004. The Lilly [sic] uses lyrics from William Blake's poem "The Lily".
  5. "Shade" is a musical album of Christopher Young, soundtrack.
    • also known as Shade Soundtrack
    • released in (12 years ago)
  6. "Shade" is a 2004 album by Dragon Ash.
  7. "Shade" is a musical single of Gild the Mourn.
    • released on
  8. "Shade" is a musical single of Silverchair.
    • released in (20 years ago)
  9. "Shade" is a musical album of Parallel Worlds.
    • released in (7 years ago)


  1. Shade is an Italian rapper. He rose to fame after winning the 2nd series of MTV Spit in Italy.
  2. Shade is a musical artist and member of the musical group Menew.
    • also known as Aaron Klaas
    • profession: Musician
    • member of musical group Menew (Lead Vocals) since

There are other people with in their name, like Pat Shade, Sam Shade, Ayla Shade, John Shade, Kyra Shade, Shade Reed, Shade Rupe, Will Shade, Barry Shade, Booka Shade and many others.


  1. SHADE a.k.a. SHΛDE is a musical group.
  2. Shade is a musical group.
  3. Shade is a musical group.
    • album: "Isa"

There are other groups with in their name, like Siam Shade, Knight Shade, Shade Empire, Shade of Red, Shade On Grey, Shinin' Shade, Tiffany shade, A Fragile Shade, Citizens of Shade, A Red Season Shade, Thy Darkened Shade, Shadow Shadow Shade, DJ T. vs. Booka Shade, Lighter Shade of Brown, A Lighter Shade of Brown, M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade, Marc Romboy vs. Booka Shade, Booka Shade vs. Plastic Operator.


Shade is an unincorporated community in southern Lodi Township, Athens County, Ohio, United States. Although it is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 45776. It lies along U.S. Route 33.


  1. Shade: In literature and poetry, a shade can be taken to mean the spirit or ghost of a dead person, residing in the underworld. The image of an underworld where the dead live in shadow is common to the Ancient Near East, in Biblical Hebrew expressed by the term tsalmaveth, literally "death-shadow". The Witch of Endor in the First Book of Samuel notably conjures the ghost of Samuel.
  2. Shade: In the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, shades are humanoids who have merged with the essence of the Plane of Shadow. In Third Edition, a shade is created by applying a template to a humanoid creature.

Phrases with Shade

Phrases starting with the word Shade:

  1. shade off
  2. shade tree
  3. Shade Phacelia
  4. Shade Bluebells
  5. Shade Horsetail
  6. Shade Mudflower
  7. Shade Bush Warbler

Phrases ending with the word Shade:

  1. lamp shade
  2. window shade
  3. Made in the Shade

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Shade

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Google previewThe Inn Keepers (2013)

by Robert Magee

O n a Continent ruled by Dragons, Shade is a wandering Wizard who wants nothing more than to work a Tavern again.

Google previewThe Monthly Magazine, and American Review (1800)

The shade is that part of the space into which no rays are directly admitted, and any body within that space ...

Google previewNabokov's Shakespeare (2014)

by Samuel Schuman

Shade is a somewhat hoary New England poet, who appears to be (if it is possible to imagine the combination) a cross between Robert Frost and Vladimir Nabokov. The poem (which occupies pages 33 to 69 of the novel) is entitled, like the ...

Google previewPackaging Design (2013)

Successful Product Branding From Concept to Shelf by Marianne R. Klimchuk, Sandra A. Krasovec

A tint is a pure color mixed with white; a shade is a pure color mixed with black. Saturation is the purity or intensity of a color. The amount of pigment in a color, defined by the strength or vividness ...

Google previewMagic Light and the Dynamic Landscape (2014)

Take Advantage of Light and Weather to Create Amazing Photographs by Jeanine Leech

Open shade refers to an area not in direct sunlight that is illuminated by the blue sky, with a resultant blue cast in the shadows. Since part of the mountain is in open shade, there was a blue tint to the snow. This blue cast was easily removed in ...

Google previewJust Cruzin' (2013)

by Douglas A. Miller

Shade is a rare and valuable commodity for any creature lingering in these conditions. Arriving in Fort Stockton, dehydration is a concern, so after gassing up we linger for a spell inside the convenience store, enjoying some much needed ...

Google previewCherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club (2012)

by Christopher B. Teuton

Hastings Shade is a fifth-generation ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Applied Animal Behaviour and Welfare (2010)

by D. S. Mills, Jeremy N. Marchant-Forde

SHeep 549 circumstances animals may move out from under shade on extremely hot days if there is little air movement under the structure and/or the area is crowded. They may also leave shade to drink and eat; however, if space is limited ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of New Jersey (2004)

by Maxine N. Lurie, Marc Mappen

Maple Shade was originally part of Chester Township, an early town along the Pennsauken Creek, founded in [688 and chartered by the British in (712, Maple Shade remained a rural village until 1885. when Henry Fahr opened the first store.

Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

by Louisa Pansegrouw

fetter, hamper, handcuff, hobble, impede, impediment, iron, manacle, obstacle, obstruction, restrain, strap, stultify, tether, tie, trammel, union shackle for feet fetter shadbird sandpiper, snipe shade amount, awning, blind, canopy, cloud, colour, ...

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Sign language

Shade Review in American Sign Language

Quotes about Shade

cherry blossom shade -
his heart blossoms
over his love letter

inspired by

cherry blossom shade-
a fox spirit
has enchanted me!
-Issa,1810 (John Tiong Chunghoo)
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Scrabble value of S1H4A1D2E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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