verb (used without object), fad·ed, fad·ing.
- to appear gradually, especially by becoming lighter (usually followed by in).
- to disappear gradually, especially by becoming darker (usually followed by out).
- 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).
verb (used with object), fad·ed, fad·ing.
- to cause (a scene) to appear gradually (usually followed by in).
- to cause (a scene) to disappear gradually (usually followed by out).
Origin of fade
Definition for fade out (2 of 2)
Origin of fade-out
British Dictionary definitions for fade out (1 of 2)
- 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
Word Origin for fade
British Dictionary definitions for fade out (2 of 2)
verb fade out (adverb)
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]