Definition of shading in English:

shading

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The artist also uses a lot of shading, perspective, and other special techniques to make the image seem authentic.’
    • ‘The images seem minimalist, using few lines to represent detailed images and also exclude deep shading.’
    • ‘The Pause is a very large charcoal drawing, 8 1/2 feet wide, executed with delicate shadows, dark shading and bursts of white light.’
    • ‘Ernman seems at home in French and there is good colouring and shading of the words.’
    • ‘Salter's art delivers its meaning through the construction of low-keyed colors, close shading and proportional forms.’
    • ‘His capacity to render shading and volume might be mistaken by Western eyes as a ‘progression’ toward modernity.’
    • ‘You'll also notice that a lot has been done with simple shading to add some diversity to the landscapes and a there a lot of small details like ripples around rocks in a lake or flowers with bugs hovering above them.’
    • ‘They look somewhat like early Picasso drawings: confident and spare, with matter-of-fact shading.’
    • ‘Picasso developed Cubism as a response to linear perspective and shading.’
    • ‘She gives all kinds of shading to each line, without calling attention to her art.’
    • ‘The illustration is scanned at fairly low resolution, so the colors and shading of the actual print will be more subtle than those in the picture.’
    • ‘You can introduce the idea of dynamic shading and decide which lines to bring out at a given moment.’
    • ‘The neutral shading on her lids and black mascara on her lashes only made her blue eyes stand out even more.’
    • ‘The manner of shading, the depiction of facial features, and the summary treatment of hands suggest that the same artist was responsible for both the Fogg and Uffizi sheets.’
    • ‘Unlike the complex nuances of the story, the artistic details are minimal and shading is non-existent.’
    • ‘Sit here and practice basic shading with the crayons and when you actually advance above a fourth grade level you can move on to big girl pencils.’
    • ‘The art of shading will become an even more significant part of our architectural language.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2A very slight variation:

    ‘the shadings of opinion even among those who are in broad agreement’
    • ‘In time, I refined and complicated the sand imagery by pressing the opaque sand into different densities and creating shadings.’
    • ‘The nuances, shadings and details of a target segment's motivations, all of which provide marketers with valuable guidance, are missing.’
    • ‘The dance items show a variety of subtle emotional shadings, meant to reflect a single emotional or mental state.’
    • ‘Gary Cooper was a movie star whose type everyone seemed to agree upon, though it allowed for many subtle and peculiar shadings in the course of his thirty-five year career.’
    • ‘He could shape the force of his otherwise withdrawn personality into subtle shadings of gesture and characterization.’
    • ‘The color palette is losing its shading in favor of flat, often conventional colors.’
    • ‘Each of these selections - the first two, particularly - demand shadings and nuances that just are not apparent here.’
    • ‘Extremes of feeling rarely have much shading: It is part of Soutine's genius, however, to have infused his heated art with such ambivalence.’
    • ‘Arguably this lack of shading also counters the book's themes of moral shading.’
    • ‘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 second movement's courtly elegance brought out the delicacy of the imitation through its vibrato-less, pastel shading through which every note could be heard.’
    • ‘What is interesting is the way these similarities received different shadings because of the time and place in which each side had finally settled down.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brahms's effects may be more monochrome, but his subtle shadings and long solos added further possibilities to the widening orchestral palette.’
    • ‘Traditionally, men and women have had different tastes in color, with women drawn to brighter tones and more sensitive to subtle shadings and patterns.’
    • ‘Even some of the cases that are explicable in ideological terms reveal subtle shadings just beneath the surface.’
    • ‘In the A minor she adroitly captures the profundities of the first movement with subtle tonal shadings, a seemingly perfect balancing of inner voices with the main line, and a fine sense for selecting her tempos.’
    • ‘Freeform drumming enters to impose order upon the 7-minute walkabout as it assembles itself with subtle shadings of tone and color.’
    • ‘Through a delicacy of shading, like the art of Bach himself for purity, poignancy, and clarity, he envelops us with the thrilling atmosphere of the most absolutely musical music in the world.’
    • ‘This is a terrific showpiece for the pianist who loves to explore exotic sounds, experiment with subtle shadings and pedaling, and create a stylized tableau with careful articulation and voicing control.’
    nuance, gradation, modulation, shading, degree, difference, variation, variety
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  • 3[mass noun] A layer of paint or material used to provide shade, especially for plants:

    ‘liquid greenhouse shading’
    • ‘One trait that has been asked for by organic farmers is early shading, in which leaves rapidly grow out from the plant instead of straight up, as many of the modern nitrogen tolerant, high yielding cultivars do.’
    • ‘On the south side, the building steps back as it rises, so that the overhanging floor-plates provide natural shading for the offices beneath.’
    • ‘Moreover, fewer trees in cities reduce shading and evapotranspiration, in which plants use up heat by, essentially, sweating.’
    • ‘All woody plants shed branches in response to shading and competition.’
    • ‘The surrounding landscape of deciduous trees gives seasonal shading.’
    • ‘His hood was tossed up, but the frayed edges provided little shading, so Barridan could make out the majority of his face.’
    • ‘Sun and privacy shading is provided by textile screens which add to the general gaiety and variety of the composition.’
    • ‘Effective shading can be provided by trees and other vegetation and exterior or interior shades.’
    • ‘Two excellent methods to block heat are insulation and shading.’
    • ‘Although interior shading is not as effective as exterior shading, it is worthwhile if none of the previously mentioned techniques are possible.’
    • ‘Decks and cowls provide solar shading and doors are designed with integral high level hopper vents for secure night-time cooling.’
    • ‘Home and business owners soon realized that awnings provided beneficial shading.’
    • ‘Venting and shading will be necessary to accomplish this.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All provide solar shading and anti-glare performance.’
    • ‘Clear glass is preferred for daylighting, but this in turn requires carefully designed exterior sun control devices to provide adequate shading.’

Pronunciation

shading

/ˈʃeɪdɪŋ/