Definition of Shade


  • a representation of the effect of shadows in a picture or drawing (as by shading or darker pigment)
  • a mental representation of some haunting experience
    "he looked like he had seen a ghost"
    "it aroused specters from his past"
  • a slight amount or degree of difference
    "a tad too expensive"
    "not a tad of difference"
    "the new model is a shade better than the old one"
  • a position of relative inferiority
    "an achievement that puts everything else in the shade"
    "his brother's success left him in the shade"
  • a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
    "without understanding the finer nuances you can't enjoy the humor"
    "don't argue about shades of meaning"
  • protective covering that protects something from direct sunlight
    "they used umbrellas as shades"
    "as the sun moved he readjusted the shade"
  • a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color
    "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"
  • relative darkness caused by light rays being intercepted by an opaque body
    "it is much cooler in the shade"
    "there's too much shadiness to take good photographs"


  • pass from one quality such as color to another by a slight degree
    "the butterfly wings shade to yellow"
  • vary slightly
    "shade the meaning"
  • protect from light, heat, or view
    "Shade your eyes when you step out into the bright sunlight"
  • represent the effect of shade or shadow on
    - fill in
  • cast a shadow over
    - shade off
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

Word games points for the Shade

  • Scrabble® score of the shade (9)
  • Word Chums® score of the shade (9)
  • Words With Friends® score of the shade (8)

Unscramble shade

53 unscramble word found using the letters shade.

ad ads ae ah ahed ahs as ash ashed da dae daes dah dahs das dash de deash ea eas ed edh edhs eds eh ehs es ha had hade hades hads hae haed haes has he head heads hes sad sade sadhe sae sea sed sh sha shad shade she shea shed