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Definition: The Shades
(sh[=a]d), n. [OE. shade, shadewe, schadewe, AS.
sceadu, scead; akin to OS. skado, D. schaduw, OHG. scato,
(gen. scatewes), G. schatten, Goth. skadus, Ir. & Gael.
sgath, and probably to Gr. sko`tos darkness. [root]162. Cf.
1. Comparative obscurity owing to interception or
interruption of the rays of light; partial darkness caused
by the intervention of something between the space
contemplated and the source of light.
Note: Shade differs from shadow as it implies no particular
form or definite limit; whereas a shadow represents in
form the object which intercepts the light. When we
speak of the shade of a tree, we have no reference to
its form; but when we speak of measuring a pyramid or
other object by its shadow, we have reference to its
form and extent.
2. Darkness; obscurity; -- often in the plural.
The shades of night were falling fast. --Longfellow.
3. An obscure place; a spot not exposed to light; hence, a
Let us seek out some desolate shade, and there
Weep our sad bosoms empty. --Shak.
4. That which intercepts, or shelters from, light or the
direct rays of the sun; hence, also, that which protects
from heat or currents of air; a screen; protection;
shelter; cover; as, a lamp shade.
The Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. --Ps.
Sleep under a fresh tree's shade. --Shak.
Let the arched knife well sharpened now assail the
spreading shades of vegetables. --J. Philips.
5. Shadow. [Poetic.]
Envy will merit, as its shade, pursue. --Pope.
6. The soul after its separation from the body; -- so called
because the ancients it to be perceptible to the sight,
though not to the touch; a spirit; a ghost; as, the shades
of departed heroes.
Swift as thought the flitting shade
Thro' air his momentary journey made. --Dryden.
7. (Painting, Drawing, etc.) The darker portion of a picture;
a less illuminated part. See Def. 1, above.
8. Degree or variation of color, as darker or lighter,
stronger or paler; as, a delicate shade of pink.
White, red, yellow, blue, with their several
degrees, or shades and mixtures, as green only in by
the eyes. --Locke.
9. A minute difference or variation, as of thought, belief,
expression, etc.; also, the quality or degree of anything
which is distinguished from others similar by slight
differences; as, the shades of meaning in synonyms.
New shades and combinations of thought. --De
Every shade of religious and political opinion has
its own headquarters. --Macaulay.
, the Nether World; the supposed abode of souls
after leaving the body.