• Darkness where light, particularly sunlight, is blocked.
  • Something that blocks light, particularly in a window.
  • A variety of a colour/color, in particular one obtained by adding black (compare tint).
  • A subtle variation in a concept.
  • An aspect that is reminiscent of something.
  • A very small degree of a quantity, or variety of meaning
  • A ghost or specter; a spirit.
  • A postage stamp showing an obvious difference in colour/color to the original printing and needing a separate catalogue/catalog entry.
  • Subtle insults.
  • A cover around or above a light bulb, a lampshade.



  • Noun from Middle English schade, from Old English sċeadu, sċadu, from Proto-West Germanic *skadu, from Proto-Germanic *skadwaz. More at shadow.
  • Verb from Old English sceadwian, derived from sċeadu, above.

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