- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- to decrease or cause to decrease gradually, as vision or sound in a film or broadcast
Word Origin and History for fade out
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.
Idioms and Phrases with fade out
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]
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]