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Shade, subst. 1) the figure of a body produced on the ground by the interception of light: “every one hath one s.” Sonn. 53, 3 (rhyming).
2) the fainter light (implying coolness) produced by the interception of the sunbeams: “coucheth the fowl with his wing's s.” Lucr. 507. “gone to the hedge for s.” Pilgr. 72. “toward that s.” LLL V, 2, 92. “their sweetest s. a grove of cypress trees,” H6B III, 2, 323. H6C II, 5, 42. “let us seek out some desolate s.” Mcb. IV, 3, 1. “to some s.” Cymb. III, 4, 194. Preceded by “in:” Pilgr. 375. Mids. V, 149. By “under:” Pilgr. 144. LLL V, 2, 89. As II, 7, 111. IV, 3, 114. H6C II, 5, 49. V, 2, 13. Tit. II, 3, 16. “fled under s.” Troil. I, 3, 51. Metaphorically: “under the sweet s. of your government,” H5 II, 2, 28.
3) darkness: “the snail shrinks backward in his shelly cave and there in s. doth sit,” Ven. 1035. sepulchred in thy (night's) “s.” Lucr. 805. “nor shall death brag thou wanderest in his s.” Sonn. 18, 11. Mids. IV, 1, 101. H4A I, 2, 29. H6A V, 4, 89. H6B III, 2, 54. R3 I, 3, 266. R3 I, 3, 266 Plur. --s: “to dwell in solemn --s of endless night,” R2 I, 3, 177. V, 6, 43.
4) a faint imaginary semblance, opposed to substance: “when to unseeing eyes thy s. shines so,” Sonn. 43, 8. Sonn. 43, 8
5) a spirit, a supernatural being: “you moonshine revellers and --s of night,” Wiv. V, 5, 42.
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