Definition of shading in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃeɪdɪŋ/


1 [mass noun] The darkening or colouring of an illustration or diagram with parallel lines or a block of colour: scenes can be given perspective by colour and shading
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  • Florentine engraving was initially characterized by a fine linear manner, and later expanded by the development of the so-called ‘broad manner’ which used broad lines of parallel shading.
  • Here you will see shapes on the paper as they are in reality, with all their shading, colours, shadows, ripples on water, birds flying, and everything else that is visible.
  • It was decided that it was preferable to accept the loss of the original shading and detail lines rather than to attempt to recreate them.
2A very slight variation: the shadings of opinion even among those who are in broad agreement
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  • He is especially good on the evolution of the Biblical text itself, demonstrating how slight shadings in word choices colored the meaning of entire verses.
  • The dance items show a variety of subtle emotional shadings, meant to reflect a single emotional or mental state.
  • Rather, the two actors give such different shadings to the play's reading of South African history that we question Moss' role in their performances.
3 [mass noun] A layer of paint or material used to provide shade, especially for plants: liquid greenhouse shading
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  • The Arup engineers next assumed the same form of shading on the north side as on the south side and then, simulating the sun's path, cut away the material that did not provide any shading.
  • Effective shading can be provided by trees and other vegetation and exterior or interior shades.
  • Clear glass is preferred for daylighting, but this in turn requires carefully designed exterior sun control devices to provide adequate shading.

Words that rhyme with shading

arcading, grading, lading, unfading, upbraiding

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Line breaks: shad¦ing

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