Shade is a break from the glare of the sun, like the shade of a big tree or the shade under a beach umbrella.

Other meanings of shade also come from the sense of "blocking the sun," like a window shade, the shade that diffuses the light from a lamp, or the shades (or sunglasses) you wear at the beach. The same is true when shade is a verb: "This hat is ridiculously big, but it really shades my face from the sun!" If you "throw shade," you're criticizing or expressing contempt for someone in a public way.

Primary Meanings of shade

relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body
protect from light, heat, or view
a slight amount or degree of difference
vary slightly
a mental representation of some haunting experience
Full Definitions of shade

n relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body

“it is much cooler in the shade
shadiness, shadowiness
a dark shape created by an object blocking a source of light
a region of complete shadow resulting from total obstruction of light
a fringe region of partial shadow around an umbra
Type of:
partial darkness

n protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight

“they used umbrellas as shades
“as the sun moved he readjusted the shade
lamp shade, lampshade
a protective ornamental shade used to screen a light bulb from direct view
parasol, sunshade
a handheld collapsible source of shade
sun visor
a shade (sometimes of green mica) affixed above the windshield of an automobile
Type of:
protection, protective cover, protective covering
a covering that is intend to protect from damage or injury

n a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)

Type of:
a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something

n a position of relative inferiority

“an achievement that puts everything else in the shade
“his brother's success left him in the shade
Type of:
inferiority, lower rank, lower status
the state of being inferior

v protect from light, heat, or view

Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight”
Type of:
block out, screen
prevent from entering

v cast a shadow over

shade off, shadow
Type of:
make dark or darker

v represent the effect of shade or shadow on

fill in
shade with multiple crossing lines
Type of:
make a painting
represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface

n a slight amount or degree of difference

“the new model is a shade better than the old one”
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

n a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

“don't argue about shades of meaning”
nicety, nuance, refinement, subtlety
Type of:
import, meaning, significance, signification
the message that is intended or expressed or signified

n a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

“after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted”
tincture, tint, tone
a soft shade of a color
a strong deep vividness of hue
tinge, undertone
a pale or subdued color
Type of:
color, coloring, colour, colouring
a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect

v vary slightly

shade the meaning”
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree

“the butterfly wings shade to yellow”
Type of:
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

n a mental representation of some haunting experience

ghost, specter, spectre, spook, wraith
Type of:
apparition, fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow
something existing in perception only

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