Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various protective or ornamental coverings used to screen a light bulb.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cover over a lamp to either diffuse the light or to block it in certain directions so it doesn't cause glare by shining directly in one's eyes.
  • v. To intentionally call attention to the improbable, incongruent, or clichéd nature of an element or situation featured in a work of fiction within the work itself.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a screen, as of paper, glass, or tin, for softening or obstructing the light of a lamp.
  • n. a protective ornamental covering used to screen the light bulb in a lamp from direct view.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shade or screen placed above or around the flame of a lamp, to intercept, modify, or reflect the light.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a protective ornamental shade used to screen a light bulb from direct view
  • n. a protective ornamental shade used to screen a light bulb from direct view

Etymologies

lamp +‎ shade. The verb sense comes from the idea of making something more conspicuous by hanging a lampshade on it. (Wiktionary)

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