Definition of shading in English:



  • 1The darkening or coloring of an illustration or diagram with parallel lines or a block of color.

    • ‘Ernman seems at home in French and there is good colouring and shading of the words.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Picasso developed Cubism as a response to linear perspective and 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.’
    • ‘They look somewhat like early Picasso drawings: confident and spare, with matter-of-fact shading.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The neutral shading on her lids and black mascara on her lashes only made her blue eyes stand out even more.’
    • ‘You can introduce the idea of dynamic shading and decide which lines to bring out at a given moment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The artist also uses a lot of shading, perspective, and other special techniques to make the image seem authentic.’
    • ‘His capacity to render shading and volume might be mistaken by Western eyes as a ‘progression’ toward modernity.’
    • ‘She gives all kinds of shading to each line, without calling attention to her art.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The images seem minimalist, using few lines to represent detailed images and also exclude deep shading.’
    • ‘Salter's art delivers its meaning through the construction of low-keyed colors, close shading and proportional forms.’
    • ‘The art of shading will become an even more significant part of our architectural language.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1A very slight variation, typically in color or meaning.
      ‘the shadings of opinion even among those who are in broad agreement’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The color palette is losing its shading in favor of flat, often conventional colors.’
      • ‘Brahms's effects may be more monochrome, but his subtle shadings and long solos added further possibilities to the widening orchestral palette.’
      • ‘Freeform drumming enters to impose order upon the 7-minute walkabout as it assembles itself with subtle shadings of tone and color.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Extremes of feeling rarely have much shading: It is part of Soutine's genius, however, to have infused his heated art with such ambivalence.’
      • ‘Each of these selections - the first two, particularly - demand shadings and nuances that just are not apparent here.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The nuances, shadings and details of a target segment's motivations, all of which provide marketers with valuable guidance, are missing.’
      • ‘Even some of the cases that are explicable in ideological terms reveal subtle shadings just beneath the surface.’
      • ‘He could shape the force of his otherwise withdrawn personality into subtle shadings of gesture and characterization.’
      • ‘In time, I refined and complicated the sand imagery by pressing the opaque sand into different densities and creating shadings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Traditionally, men and women have had different tastes in color, with women drawn to brighter tones and more sensitive to subtle shadings and patterns.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The dance items show a variety of subtle emotional shadings, meant to reflect a single emotional or mental state.’
      • ‘Arguably this lack of shading also counters the book's themes of moral shading.’
      nuance, gradation, modulation, shading, degree, difference, variation, variety
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  • 2A layer of paint or material used to provide shade, especially for plants.

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