Etymology
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shading (n.)

c. 1600, "representation of light and shade in a drawing;" 1610s, "act or process of making shade or as shade," verbal noun from shade (v.).

updated on July 21, 2022

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Definitions of shading from WordNet

shading (n.)
graded markings that indicate light or shaded areas in a drawing or painting;
shading (n.)
a gradation involving small or imperceptible differences between grades;
Synonyms: blending
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