- to lose brightness or vividness of color.
- to become dim, as light, or lose brightness of illumination.
- to lose freshness, vigor, strength, or health: The tulips have faded.
- to disappear or die gradually (often followed by away or out): His anger faded away.
- Movies, Television.
- to appear gradually, especially by becoming lighter (usually followed by in).
- to disappear gradually, especially by becoming darker (usually followed by out).
- Broadcasting, Recording.
- to increase gradually in volume of sound, as in recording or broadcasting music, dialogue, etc. (usually followed by in).
- to decrease gradually in volume of sound (usually followed by out).
- Football. (of an offensive back, especially a quarterback) to move back toward one's own goal line, usually with the intent to pass, after receiving the snapback from center or a hand-off or lateral pass behind the line of scrimmage (usually followed by back): The quarterback was tackled while fading back for a pass.
- (of an automotive brake) to undergo brake fade.
- to cause to fade: Sunshine faded the drapes.
- (in dice throwing) to make a wager against (the caster).
- Movies, Television.
- to cause (a scene) to appear gradually (usually followed by in).
- to cause (a scene) to disappear gradually (usually followed by out).
- Broadcasting, Recording. to cause (the volume of sound) to increase or decrease gradually (usually followed by in or out).
- an act or instance of fading.
- Movies, Television Informal. a fade-out.
- Automotive. brake fade.
Origin of fade
Examples from the Web for fading
Empire will be hate-watched and may set off some conversations on its way from fading from our minds.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist
January 8, 2015
The garrulous assistant to a fading screen siren in Clouds of Sils Maria.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
Shaving your head is passe and even tattoos are fading as a personalized cultural statement.This One Picture of Telly Savalas Refutes All Fears That Progress Has Ended
October 30, 2014
Memories are fading about their dire predictions for mothers on welfare after the reforms of 1996, which were way off.Paul Ryan’s New Plan Is a Good One, Especially for Black People
July 30, 2014
John Turturro gave me a part in his movie [Fading Gigolo], and I was happy to do it.Woody Allen on ‘Magic in the Moonlight,’ the Crisis in Gaza, and Those Allegations
July 18, 2014
Then the fiery vapour was dissipated, and the sunset ended by fading away.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
But the moon had presently sunk, and to the east the stars were fading.
Is it faint, or fading, or to be looked for by the eye before it can be found out?Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
She had felt lonely then in the soft light of the fading day.A Spirit in Prison
They drove along the streets where the lanterns were fading.Stories of a Western Town
- a variation in the strength of received radio signals due to variations in the conditions of the transmission medium
- to lose or cause to lose brightness, colour, or clarity
- (intr) to lose freshness, vigour, or youth; wither
- (intr; usually foll by away or out) to vanish slowly; die out
- to decrease the brightness or volume of (a television or radio programme or film sequence) or (of a television programme, etc) to decrease in this way
- to decrease the volume of (a sound) in a recording system or (of a sound) to be so reduced in volume
- (intr) (of the brakes of a vehicle) to lose power
- to cause (a golf ball) to move with a controlled left-to-right trajectory or (of a golf ball) to veer gradually from left to right
- the act or an instance of fading
Word Origin and History for fading
early 14c., "lose brightness, grow pale," from Old French fader "become weak, wilt, wither," from adj. fade "pale, weak, insipid" (12c.), probably from Vulgar Latin *fatidus, some sort of blending of Latin fatuus "silly, tasteless" + vapidus "flat, flavorless." Related: Faded; fading. As a noun, from c.1300.