from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A screening against light or heat.
  • noun The lines or other marks used to fill in outlines of a sketch, engraving, or painting to represent gradations of color or darkness.
  • noun A small variation, gradation, or difference.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or process of making a shade; interception of light; obscuration.
  • noun That which represents the effect of light and shade in a drawing; the filling up of an outline.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Act or process of making a shade.
  • noun That filling up which represents the effect of more or less darkness, expressing rotundity, projection, etc., in a picture or a drawing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of shade.

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

  • noun graded markings that indicate light or shaded areas in a drawing or painting
  • noun a gradation involving small or imperceptible differences between grades


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