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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of shade.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

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