fade

[feyd]

verb (used without object), fad·ed, fad·ing.

verb (used with object), fad·ed, fad·ing.

noun


Origin of fade

1275–1325; 1915–20 for def 5; Middle English faden, derivative of fade pale, dull < Anglo-French, Old French < Vulgar Latin *fatidus, for Latin fatuus fatuous
Related formsfad·a·ble, adjectivefad·ed·ly, adverbfad·ed·ness, nounpre·fade, verb (used with object), pre·fad·ed, pre·fad·ing.un·fad·a·ble, adjectiveun·fad·ed, adjectiveun·fad·ing, adjectivewell-fad·ed, adjective

Synonym study

4. See disappear.

fade-out

[feyd-out]

noun

Movies, Television. a gradual decrease in the visibility of a scene.
Broadcasting, Recording. a gradual decrease in the volume of sound, especially of recorded or broadcast music, dialogue, or the like, usually ending in complete inaudibility.
a gradual disappearance or reduction: the fade-out of a brilliant career.

Origin of fade-out

First recorded in 1915–20; noun use of verb phrase fade out
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British Dictionary definitions for fade out

fade

verb

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
  1. 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
  2. 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

noun

the act or an instance of fading
Derived Formsfadable, adjectivefadedness, nounfader, noun

Word Origin for fade

C14: from fade (adj) dull, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin fatidus (unattested), probably blend of Latin vapidus vapid + Latin fatuus fatuous

fade-out

noun

films an optical effect in which a shot slowly disappears into darkness
a gradual reduction in signal strength in a radio or television broadcast
a gradual and temporary loss of a received radio or television signal due to atmospheric disturbances, magnetic storms, etc
a slow or gradual disappearance

verb fade out (adverb)

to decrease or cause to decrease gradually, as vision or sound in a film or broadcast
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Word Origin and History for fade out

fade

v.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with fade out

fade out

1

Gradually disappear or become inaudible; also, cause to disappear or become inaudible gradually. For example, He let the final chord fade out completely before he played the next movement. The antonym is fade in, “to appear gradually or become audible,” as in The images on the screen faded in until they could be seen clearly. These terms originated in the motion-picture and broadcasting industries, where they apply to images and sounds. [c. 1915]

2

Also, fade away. Quietly depart, as in “Florence Scape, Fanny Scape and their mother faded away to Boulogne” (William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, 1848). [Mid-1800s]

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