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    I've referred to dictionaries and yet cannot really understand what the word 'nuance' means.

    Could some member please assist me by telling me its meaning? Some example sentences to make the meaning clearer would be deeply apprreciated.

    Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I've referred to dictionaries and yet cannot really understand what the word 'nuance' means.
    a very slight difference in appearance, meaning, sound, a slight or delicate variation in tone, colour, a shade of difference
    The painter has managed to capture every nuance of the woman's expression.
    From a distance, the Taj Mahal's marble picks up the subtle nuances of the changing light.
    Linguists explore the nuances of language.
    Does the translator capture the key nuances of the original language?

    Hope these help.

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    #3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I've referred to dictionaries and yet cannot really understand what the word 'nuance' means.

    Could some member please assist me by telling me its meaning? Some example sentences to make the meaning clearer would be deeply apprreciated.

    Many thanks.
    Very good examples by beascarpetta.
    There are often nuances to words that learners fail to grasp.
    If you don't know the language, you'll often miss some of the nuances of humour.

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    Hi fellow members

    The painter has managed to capture every nuance of the woman's expression.

    Could someone please explain what the sentence means?

    Many thanks.

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    #5

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    It means he has done more than show that a smiling woman was simply smiling.

    He was able to show that she felt pride as she smiled, or perhaps that it was a false smile and she was really worried. There are subtle differences between a true, happy smile; a smile of maternal pride; a smile that hides secret fears; etc.

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    #6

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    Hi Barb

    Just to make sure that I got what you say, 'nuance' refers to the artist's ability to portray exactly how the person feels. If he/she is sad, and put on a smile, the artist is able to, through his picture, to show us that it is a smile from a sad person.

    Am I right?

    What other its other meanings? Could you please illustrate with example sentences besides explaining the meaning of the term?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    #7

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    Hi fellow members

    Could someone please respond to my query?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Just to make sure that I got what you say, 'nuance' refers to the artist's ability to portray exactly how the person feels. If he/she is sad, and put on a smile, the artist is able to, through his picture, to show us that it is a smile from a sad person.

    Am I right?

    What other its other meanings? Could you please illustrate with example sentences besides explaining the meaning of the term?
    From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

    Nuance \Nu'ance"\, noun [F.]

    1. A shade of difference; a delicate gradation.

    2. A small difference in meaning, significance, or expression.
    Please tell us which is the word you don't get.
    Don't get me wrong, I don't mean to be rude. But they have explained in such a way that could be understood by anyone... that's me!



    Don't let a nuance become a nuisance.

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    Hi Kraken

    Just to make sure that I got what you say, 'nuance' refers to the artist's ability to portray exactly how the person feels. If he/she is sad, and put on a smile, the artist is able to, through his picture, to show us that it is a smile from a sad person.

    What are its other meanings? Could you please illustrate with example sentences besides explaining the meaning of the term?

    Please let me know whether my interpretation is correct?

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    It means he has done more than show that a smiling woman was simply smiling.

    He was able to show that she felt pride as she smiled, or perhaps that it was a false smile and she was really worried. There are subtle differences between a true, happy smile; a smile of maternal pride; a smile that hides secret fears; etc.
    Please read it carefully.
    Again.

    And now, please tell me if it is not the answer to your question.

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