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.

Definitions of shade
  1. noun
    relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body
    “it is much cooler in the shade
    synonyms: shadiness, shadowiness
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    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
  2. noun
    protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight
    “they used umbrellas as shades
    “as the sun moved he readjusted the shade
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    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
  3. noun
    a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)
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    type of:
    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
  4. noun
    a position of relative inferiority
    “an achievement that puts everything else in the shade
    “his brother's success left him in the shade
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    type of:
    inferiority, lower rank, lower status
    the state of being inferior
  5. verb
    protect from light, heat, or view
    Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight”
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    type of:
    block out, screen
    prevent from entering
  6. verb
    cast a shadow over
    synonyms: shade off, shadow
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    type of:
    make dark or darker
  7. verb
    represent the effect of shade or shadow on
    synonyms: fill in
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    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
  8. noun
    a slight amount or degree of difference
    “the new model is a shade better than the old one”
    synonyms: tad
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    type of:
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
  9. noun
    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
    “don't argue about shades of meaning”
    synonyms: nicety, nuance, refinement, subtlety
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    type of:
    import, meaning, significance, signification
    the message that is intended or expressed or signified
  10. noun
    a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
    “after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted”
    synonyms: tincture, tint, tone
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    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
  11. verb
    vary slightly
    shade the meaning”
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  12. verb
    pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree
    “the butterfly wings shade to yellow”
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    type of:
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  13. noun
    a mental representation of some haunting experience
    synonyms: ghost, specter, spectre, spook, wraith
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    type of:
    apparition, fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow
    something existing in perception only
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