The word Shade has so many meanings. One familiar noun is the comparative darkness caused by the interception or screening light rays. It’s a place or an area of comparative darkness.
A slight degree of color difference may be described as color shades.
Phrases like ‘a shade’ means a little. ‘Shades of’ suggests reminiscence of or comparison with someone or something specified. The spectrum of different opinions made, offer shades of opinions, especially so today in our polarized world. ‘Throw Shade’ on the other hand is to publicly criticize or express contempt for someone.
The expression “No Tea, No Shade,” meaning “No disrespect, but …” where T means “truth.” The related phrase “All Tea, All Shade,” means “This statement is true, so I don’t care if it offends you and I don’t care if it does.”
“Pull down the shades on the windows of your soul, and gaze into your mind and watch the wisdom unfold.” — Beanie Sigel
“We all have these shades in our nature, it's a spectrum within all of us.” — Johnny Flynn
“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty.” — Junichiro Tanizaki